The Mistletoe and Sword

The Mistletoe and Sword: A Story of Roman Britain is a 1955 young adult novel of historical fiction by Anya Seton.

The Mistletoe and Sword
AuthorAnya Seton
CountryUnited States
GenreHistorical fiction
Published1955 (Doubleday)


Quintus Tullius is a standard bearer for the Ninth Roman legion who wishes to find and bury the bones of his long-death grandfather. While in Britain, he meets and falls in love with Regan, the foster daughter of the warrior queen of the Iceanians who leads the British tribes in the uprising against Rome.


Ellen Lewis Buell in The New York Times wrote, "Here Miss Seton is at her best, drawing the country and its people out of the mists of two millennia into clear focus."[1]

It was also reviewed in Kirkus Reviews.[2]


  1. ^ Buell, Ellen Lewis (1955-06-26). "For Younger Readers: Boadicea's Britain". The New York Times. p. BR20 – via Proquest.
  2. ^ "Book Reviews, Sites, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction". Kirkus Reviews. 1955-05-01. Retrieved 2020-05-30.