The Story of the Amulet
- The Story of the Amulet is a fantasy novel for children, written in 1906 by Edith Nesbit. It is the third in a trilogy of novels which follow the adventures of the same five protagonists – Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and the Lamb. The series begins with Five Children and It (1902). The adventures of the children are continued in the second book of the trilogy, The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904), and conclude in The Story of the Amulet. In this third book in the trilogy, the children re-encounter the Psammead — the "it" in Five Children and It. As it no longer grants wishes to the children, however, its capacity is mainly advisory in relation to the children's other discovery, the Amulet, thus following a formula successfully established in The Phoenix and the Carpet. In the course of the novel the Amulet transports the children and the Psammead to times and places where the Amulet has previously existed, in the hope that — somewhen in time — the children can find the Amulet's missing half. Among the ancient realms they visit are Babylon, Egypt, the Phoenician city of Tyre, a ship to "the Tin Islands" (ancient Cornwall), and Atlantis just before the flood. In one chapter, they meet Julius Caesar on the shores of Gaul, just as he has decided that Britain is not worth invading. Jane's childish prattling about the glories of England persuades Caesar to invade after all.