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The Blood of the Martyrs: How the Slaves in Rome Found Victory in Christ

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In a society where worshipping the Christian God is a crime punishable by death, and brutality to slaves is commonplace, Roman citizens Flavius Crispus and his son Beric struggle to become Christians and to treat their slaves as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Paperback, 422 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Moody Publishers (first published 1948)
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Adrian Rose
Aug 18, 2016 Adrian Rose rated it really liked it
This is a book that I rescued from a box in a church library just before it was dumped into the garbage. I knew it was an old one by the cover, and I am a sucker for first editions. As it turned out, it was not a first edition (it was a 2nd), but it opened my eyes to an author that I had never heard of, and that has been all but forgotten in this century.
Naomi Mitchison, the author, was an extraordinary woman for her time. Born before World War I in Scotland, she wrote in several genres, includi
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Josephine
Aug 04, 2013 Josephine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
have just finished this fantastic book! If you have read and enjoyed Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz you will love this one too. Set In Rome during the reign of Nero this is a wonderful historical novel which tells of the lives of both slaves and Roman citizens and how they are affected by the rise of Christianity. The Author takes time to introduce you to each of the characters and as you get to know them you become involved with their lives and concerned for their well being. As the story ...more
Liriel
Aug 05, 2010 Liriel rated it liked it
Great concept, not well written and way too many characters introduced in the first chapter. A book where you will be constantly flipping back and forth to figure out who is who and what is up. Overall good story and content, just not well executed.
Margaret
Feb 29, 2008 Margaret rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
This is an approximately 400-page book. I got to about page 150 and still couldn't get into it. It wasn't bad necessarily, just really didn't seem to have any real flow, so I finally gave up and put it down.
Colin Fisher
Apr 28, 2016 Colin Fisher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Master class in creating characters and letting them act and interact as true individuals. Book of the year so far: 1939 and 2016.
Margareth8537
Sep 03, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this when going through a religious phase and thoroughly enjoyed it. Like Quo Vadis and Luke the Physician, Silver chalice
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Naomi Mitchison, author of over 70 books, died in 1999 at the age of 101. She was born in and lived in Scotland and traveled widely throughout the world. In the 1960s she was adopted as adviser and mother of the Bakgatla tribe in Botswana. Her books include historical fiction, science fiction, poetry, autobiography, and nonfiction, the most popular of which are The Corn King and the Spring Queen, ...more
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