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1SandDune
sep 14, 2012, 6:02 pm

Read it in the 80's I think. A group of travellers travel across a large very populated planet ( I remember that was stressed a lot). Turns out that one of them is the heir to throne who has lost his memory (poss). There was a sort of double rule arrangement with a young ruler and an old ruler (the pontifex) who was being kept alive artificially.

2Nerilka
sep 14, 2012, 6:53 pm

Probably not the one you're after as it's only a very loose fit - but your description reminded me of Beyond the Hanging Wall by Sara Douglass

3Morphidae
Redigerat: sep 14, 2012, 6:56 pm

Sounds like Lord Valentine's Castle by Robert Silverberg.

"Majipoor is a planet much larger, though far less dense, than the Earth."

"...the previous Coronal retires to become the Pontifex..."

4SylviaC
sep 14, 2012, 8:20 pm

Definitely sounds like Lord Valentine's Castle. It matches on every point. A very good book.

5jjmcgaffey
sep 14, 2012, 8:42 pm

Yeah, when I saw Pontifex I immediately jumped to that series. There's quite a few books (4-5?) in it now - the trilogy that began with Lord Valentine's Castle, a few prequels, possibly some sequels. I read the trilogy then stopped.

6btuckertx
sep 14, 2012, 9:14 pm

Agree - the Majipoor Chronicles are excellent if just a little long winded, (a total of 9 books). But the trilogy are easily stand alone reads.

7SandDune
sep 15, 2012, 2:56 am

Lord Valentine's Castle - that's definitely it. Many thanks!