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The Lily and the Bull

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The Lily And the Bull is a compelling re-creation of life in Minoan Crete – a world of magic and mystery, ritual and superstition, where past and present intersect, the forces of good and evil clash, and everyday life is charged with the supernatural...

Ierii, the daughter of the chief gardener at the palace, is in love with Thyloss, the son of the keeper of the Queen's bulls. Thyloss, who is looking forward to a future as a bull acrobat – a position of great importance – finds his feelings for Ierii gradually changing.

But their hopes are shaken by events beyond their control.

The Minoan civilisation, one of the greatest the world has known, suddenly and mysteriously came to an end sometime during the period 1600-1450BC, baffling present day historians and archaeologists alike. One of the most persistent theories is that it was fatally damaged by the immense volcanic eruption on the nearby island of Thera (Santorini).

This story charts the dramatic events during the last days of Ma-ii, a city on the north coast of Crete.

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Hardback Editions

October 1979 : UK Hardback

Title: Lily and the Bull ( A novel set in Minoan Crete)
Author(s): Moyra Caldecott
ISBN: 0-86036-099-7 / 978-0-86036-099-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Rex Collings Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 2005 : UK Paperback

Title: The Lily and the Bull
Author(s): Moyra Caldecott
ISBN: 1-84319-270-5 / 978-1-84319-270-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bladud Books
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November 1980 : UK Paperback

Title: Lily and the Bull, The
Author(s): Olivia Brown
ISBN: 0-552-11556-8 / 978-0-552-11556-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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January 1979 : USA Paperback

Title: The lily and the bull: A novel set in Minoan Crete
Author(s): Moyra Caldecott
ISBN: 0-8090-6572-X / 978-0-8090-6572-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hill and Wang
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Kindle Editions

July 2007 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Lily and the Bull
Author(s): Moyra Caldecott
Publisher: Mushroom eBooks
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