Author(s): Allan Massie
David, King of Israel now in old age, looks back to his charmed youth and his attempt to build a national monarchy under the favour of God. But as he accumulates power, he is killing his ability to inspire love.
Shepherd-boy and the chosen of the Lord; giant-killer and national hero; outcast and exile; poet, lover, law-giver and murderer: King David is the most fascinating character in the Old Testament.
Using the same method as he has employed in his Roman novels (AUGUSTUS, TIBERIUS and CAESAR), ALLAN MASSIE, in these invented memoirs, explores the complexity of this remarkable man. From the wintry shipwreck of old age, oppressed by a wife he no longer loves and a son and destined successor, Solomon, whom he dislikes and resents, David recalls the glories and terrors of his youth: how he ministered to King Saul in his madness, slew the giant Goliath, was loved by Saul's son Jonathan, and married Saul's daughter, Michal; how he fled from Saul's jealousy and became an outlaw; how he returned as King and made Jerusalem the capital of Israel; how he suffered for his guilty passion for the beautiful Bathsheba, and how his heart was broken by family dissensions and the rebellion of his best-loved son Absalom.
In David, Allan Massie has created a character as fascinating as Augustus, as mysterious and ultimately wretched as Tiberius, as magnetic and dangerous as Caesar. David is a man of destiny, but also of doubts; a man of action who longs for the solitude of the desert; the builder of a state who takes the guilt for its creation on himself.