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The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phnician
Edwin Lester Linden Arnold (18571935)
Phra the Phnician, The Wonderful Adventures of, by Edwin Lester Arnold (1890), is a fantastic story that recounts the adventures of Phra through recurring existences extending from the earliest Phnician period to the times of Queen Elizabeth. Through all these lives Phra retains his individuality, though adapted to varying times and places. The story opens with an expedition of Phra as a Phnician merchant to the ten islands, or Cassiterides. He reappears in the early British days, the slave consort of his Druid wife, and changes into a centurion in the house of a noble Roman lady. At his next appearance Phra is again a Briton, and serves under King Harold at Hastings; he is successively a Saxon thane, and an English knight under King Edward III., before his final incarnation during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, when he writes of his various adventures. From act to act of his existence Phra is followed by Crecy, a damsel who renews her life as he does, and constantly seeks his love. She dies to save one of his numerous lives on a French battle-field where Phra is serving under Edward III.