• The Sword and the Miracle

  • By: Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 23-11-00
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (5 ratings)


In the seventh century, at the dawn of Christianity, Bega, a bewitching Irish princess bestowed with miraculous powers, and Padric, a charismatic British prince gifted with the fiery power of the sword, sacrifice themselves for what they believe to be a greater destiny. Weaving historical details and the power of religious faith into a charged loved story, Bragg brings vigor to the Dark Ages in a riveting historical novel.
©1996 by Melvyn Bragg (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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"An absorbing epic...as splendid a ripping yarn as any of the best classics...The violence is truly awe-inspiring, the battles magnificent." ( Daily Telegraph)
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5 out of 5 stars
By chill 123 on 12-02-16

One of my favourites

I have listened to this many times. Always enjoyable. I love the historic references too

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1 out of 5 stars
By Wallen on 02-09-08


You could read this book in two ways - as a swashbuckling story in an Ireland and Scotland of yesteryear or as an historical novel. If you read as just an adventure book it would rate OK, but if you read as an historical novel, it falls flat on its face. This is quite surprising, as I have previously enjoyed Bragg's History of English and I would have thought he could be both quite precise in depicting the history correctly and create a good narrative. He fails on both counts. It only goes to prove that very few (if any) historians and writers of non-fiction can make the passage over to the fictional stage. I would invest my money elsewhere.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Caroline on 01-09-06

Good tale but Too long!!

I found this story unsatisfactory in the extreme. Too much was repeated too often and i found the ending did not suit what had been come before. The reader also tended to swallow his words and slur to some degree so it made it harder to listen to. I would not recommend this as easily as I would other audio books.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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