As I read The King Must Die, I thought it was interesting to see that even though some women were so important in religion and royal women were treated with reverence, women were so badly used in other ways. During the many wars, men tore around raping and stealing women. Theseus was the prime example. His palaces are filled with slave women that he uses at will.
I think we see a bunch of kings who must die. We've already seen the King Horse must die. (I think there is a relationship between him and Theseus.) And we've seen the Kerkyon must die unless he kills his opponent who dies in his place. Anyone who knows the Theseus legend knows we're in store for some others. There are kings of various kinds all over the place. And we're all expecting Theseus to take his father's place as king one day. So Aegeus must die. And then we'll wonder when King Theseus must die.
The full version of The King Must Die by Mary Renault is a glowing, convincingly detailed retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Unfortunately, this painfully truncated abbreviation sacrifices not only most of the details and all of the grandeur, but even the narrative logic of the original. The very talented reader tries to help the listener make sense of the muddled remains, but has been left too little to work with.
Set in sixth-century Greece at the time of the Tyrants, the Persian Wars, and a great flowering of the arts, this novel takes the form of Simonides' memoirs, written in retirement in Sicily. The author was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and she also wrote "The King Must Die".
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