Wednesday, 27 April 2016
The Cross Of Light
-Poul Anderson, "Brave To Be A King" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (New York, 2006), pp. 55-112 AT p. 77.
"Marcus drew a sign before him, the Cross of Light that marked the shield of his warrior God."
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The King Of Ys: Roma Mater (New York, 1988), p. 58.
Marcus is a Mithraist. The second quotation informs us that Mithras, like a Crusader, defended himself in battle with a shield that is marked with a cross.
It is good to find this link between the Time Patrol and the King of Ys. These two series are historical science fiction and historical fiction with an element of fantasy, respectively. Uniform editions could be in four volumes each:
The Time Patrol
The Guardians Of Time
The Gods Of Time
The Thieves Of Time
The Shield Of Time
The King Of Ys
The Dog And The Wolf
In the Time Patrol series:
time travelers are mistaken for gods;
gods appear in mythological passages;
the meaning of the Patrol is revealed in Volume IV;
a history like ours is preserved, with Cyrus' early life as a legend.
In The King Of Ys:
gods influence events;
Ys is destroyed in Volume IV;
our history unfolds, with Ys as a legend.