The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff is another riveting historical adventure that takes place in Britain during the eighth century. Loosely based on actual events, the storyline revolves around Prosper, the second son of Gerontius, whose life is peaceful until the day that Prince Gorthyn arrives with his hunting party. When Prosper makes a daring move during the hunt, it grabs the Prince's attention and he promises to make Prosper his shield-bearer when he comes of age.
Two years later, 300 princes are summoned to the king's fortress where they will prepare to fight the Saxon forces. Prosper with Conn his bondservant, leave to join Prince Gorthyn in training for battle. When the army must battle the Saxon's, Prosper faces one of the greatest challenges of his life.