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The Course of Honour by Lindsey Davis
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Dec 14, 2010

it was amazing

This is one of my all-time favorites, and coincidentally, was the first novel Lindsey Davis ever wrote. It sat in her desk drawer for, oh, about twenty years, before her phenomenal success with the Falco series (which I also mostly love) made her bold enough to dust this oft-rejected book off and give it another try.

Based on a true story about the love of the Emperor Vespasian for the base-born but cultured, educated slave woman Caenis, this is not simply a love story that really happened to Romans who lived a couple of thousand years ago. Mind, people, it's not my usual habit to read love stories much at all, if ever. But wait. There's a catch, of course there is. . . .

Read this, and you'll feel as if you've lived it.

Which is exactly my definition of a truly fine historical novel.


A splendid gift for the holidays, still out in paper as well as in a handsomely re-issued anniversary hard cover.

Best to all, say I sent you, Jeannette

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