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The Poison in the Blood

by Tom Holland

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 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.

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ISBN: 9780349119649
Publication date: 18/05/2006
Publisher: Time Warner Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349119649
Publication date: 18th May 2006
Author: Tom Holland
Publisher: Time Warner Books
Format: Paperback
Genres: Historical Fiction,
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About Tom Holland

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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