Kings of Ayutthaya, The: A Creative Retelling of Siamese Historyby Robert Smith
Part fact, part fiction, part myth, and part legend, this book brings to life the kingdom of Ayutthaya from its roots in the kingdom of Sukhothai to its eventual destruction by the Burmese in the year 1767. It is the turbulent story of both the kings and their kingdom, from its birth to its downfall.
Robert Smith retells the history of Ayutthaya by reimagining and dramatizing the exploits of its rulers, building his account around a framework of documentary evidence and hints in the historical record. Intrigues, honor, and deception wind through the tale as do ingenuity, determination, and the will to greatness that made Ayutthaya a major regional power for centuries. This account of the development of a nation—and the myths and legends that have gone with it—shows how Ayutthaya and its kings laid the foundation of modern-day Thailand.
- Engages readers with its presentation of the history, myths, and legends of the Ayutthaya kingdom
- Shows the development of cultural heritage, kingship, and governance of Thailand
- Narrates the stories of the kings and ruling dynasties of Ayutthaya
- Dramatizes famous figures and events in Ayutthaya history through dialogue, narration, and description
About the Author
Robert Smith is a writer living in Phitsanulok, Thailand. He specializes in historical fiction.
Thailand | Thai history | royal history | Ayutthaya | Sukhothai | legend | interpretive history