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The Poison in the Blood by Tom Holland
  

The Poison in the Blood

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Historical Fiction   

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Tom Holland’s vivid retelling of the story of the poisoning of Paris, Prince of Troy, brings the world of Greek mythology alive.

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The Poison in the Blood by Tom Holland

The book tells the story of the poisoned arrow that shot Paris (as in Helen of Troy). In the beginning, Earth created monsters. One of these was the Hydra. Heracles killed it, then dipped his arrows in the venom of its blood. Years later, when his wife was abducted by a centaur, he killed the rapist with one of these arrows. The dying centaur told Heracles' wife to dip a robe in his blood, and give it to Heracles as a token of her love. Heracles put on the robe, and was burned alive by the poison. He built himself a funeral pyre, but no one would light it. Finally, a small boy named Philoctetes did as Heracles asked, and Heracles left him his arrows as a reward. It was with one of these arrows that Paris was shot. Dying, he was taken into the woods where there lived a goddess who had once loved Paris, and had the power of healing. But she refused to cure him, and sent him away. Repenting, she then hurried after him, but it was too late.

About the Author

Tom Holland received a double first from Cambridge. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio. His scholarly style is perfect to reposition him as a writer of non-fiction as well as fiction.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th May 2006

Author

Tom Holland

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Publisher

Time Warner Books

Format

Paperback
96 pages

Categories

Myth & legend told as fiction

ISBN

9780349119649

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