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Ancient Tales Newly Told
by Jason M. Rubin View author's profile page

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Ancient Tales Newly Told brings together two works of historical fiction by Jason M. Rubin. The first novel, King of Kings, concerns the meeting of (and romance between) King Solomon and Makeda, the queen of Sheba. Based on the Ethiopian tradition, the two wise and powerful rulers are drawn together and eventually have a son, Menelik, who is placed in the unique position of being qualified to inherit two thrones. Which will he choose? The second novel, The Grave and the Gay, originally published in 2012, is based on a 17th-century English folk ballad commonly known as "Matty Groves." In this retelling, Matty, a handsome rogue who tends the horses of Lord and Lady Barnard, becomes ensnared in his masters' floundering marriage. The dramatic climax alters the lives of every character—both masters and servants—in the Barnards' grand house.
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Ancient Tales Newly Told brings together two works of historical fiction by Jason M. Rubin. The first novel, King of Kings, concerns the meeting of (and romance between) King Solomon and Makeda, the queen of Sheba. Based primarily on the Ethiopian tradition (but also weaving in Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Masonic sources), the two wise and powerful rulers are drawn together and eventually have a son, Menelik, who is placed in the unique position of being qualified to inherit two thrones. Both Solomon and Makeda fear he will choose the other's. As for Menelik, he merely wants to prove himself worthy of succeeding his extraordinarily gifted parents. Which throne will he choose? And how will that affect the future of Israel, Sheba, and Ethiopia? The second novel, The Grave and the Gay, originally published in 2012, is based on a 17th-century English folk ballad commonly known as "Matty Groves" (and recorded by the likes of Joan Baez, Fairport Convention, and Doc Watson). In this retelling, Matty, a handsome rogue who tends the horses of Lord and Lady Barnard, becomes ensnared in his masters' floundering marriage. While the Lord and the Lady both have their eyes on Matty, Matty and aloof house servant Darnell compete for the affection of the fair laundress Alexandra. The dramatic climax alters the lives of every character—masters and servants alike—in the Barnards' grand house.
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About the author


Jason M. Rubin has been a professional writer since 1985. His first novel, The Grave and the Gay, was published in 2012. Prior to that, he wrote a family activity guide, Lots to Know/Lots to Do, for the Children's Museum Boston. Jason's newest novel, King of Kings, was published in 2019 as part of the volume, Ancient Tales Newly Told, which also includes an updated version of The Grave and the Gay. Since 2000, he has done award-winning work as senior creative associate at Libretto Inc., a Boston-based strategic messaging and content development firm. In addition, Jason is a regular contributor to the Arts Fuse, an online arts magazine. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Historical

Language:English

Pages:384

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781543962789


Overview


Ancient Tales Newly Told brings together two works of historical fiction by Jason M. Rubin. The first novel, King of Kings, concerns the meeting of (and romance between) King Solomon and Makeda, the queen of Sheba. Based on the Ethiopian tradition, the two wise and powerful rulers are drawn together and eventually have a son, Menelik, who is placed in the unique position of being qualified to inherit two thrones. Which will he choose? The second novel, The Grave and the Gay, originally published in 2012, is based on a 17th-century English folk ballad commonly known as "Matty Groves." In this retelling, Matty, a handsome rogue who tends the horses of Lord and Lady Barnard, becomes ensnared in his masters' floundering marriage. The dramatic climax alters the lives of every character—both masters and servants—in the Barnards' grand house.

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Description


Ancient Tales Newly Told brings together two works of historical fiction by Jason M. Rubin. The first novel, King of Kings, concerns the meeting of (and romance between) King Solomon and Makeda, the queen of Sheba. Based primarily on the Ethiopian tradition (but also weaving in Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Masonic sources), the two wise and powerful rulers are drawn together and eventually have a son, Menelik, who is placed in the unique position of being qualified to inherit two thrones. Both Solomon and Makeda fear he will choose the other's. As for Menelik, he merely wants to prove himself worthy of succeeding his extraordinarily gifted parents. Which throne will he choose? And how will that affect the future of Israel, Sheba, and Ethiopia? The second novel, The Grave and the Gay, originally published in 2012, is based on a 17th-century English folk ballad commonly known as "Matty Groves" (and recorded by the likes of Joan Baez, Fairport Convention, and Doc Watson). In this retelling, Matty, a handsome rogue who tends the horses of Lord and Lady Barnard, becomes ensnared in his masters' floundering marriage. While the Lord and the Lady both have their eyes on Matty, Matty and aloof house servant Darnell compete for the affection of the fair laundress Alexandra. The dramatic climax alters the lives of every character—masters and servants alike—in the Barnards' grand house.

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About the author


Jason M. Rubin has been a professional writer since 1985. His first novel, The Grave and the Gay, was published in 2012. Prior to that, he wrote a family activity guide, Lots to Know/Lots to Do, for the Children's Museum Boston. Jason's newest novel, King of Kings, was published in 2019 as part of the volume, Ancient Tales Newly Told, which also includes an updated version of The Grave and the Gay. Since 2000, he has done award-winning work as senior creative associate at Libretto Inc., a Boston-based strategic messaging and content development firm. In addition, Jason is a regular contributor to the Arts Fuse, an online arts magazine. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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