Aug 03, 09
Read in September, 2008
A guilty pleasure. A book that at times felt like a historical romance was at times more than that, but even when that's what it was, it was unfailingly interesting. It follows the woman who became Pontius Pilate's wife from Gaul to Germania, where her father is the brother & aide to a popular, successful general; to Egypt, where she meets Jesus in passing at a temple to Isis, whose disciple she becomes; to Antioch, where she meets & marries Pilate; to Perganum, where she first meets the mysterious Miriam of Magdala; back to Rome; to Caesarea, where, of course, she reconnects with Jesus & Miriam (& attends their wedding & tries to intercept Jesus' execution); & foma;;u bacl tp Gai; in retirement from public life. Part romance, part feminist tract, part history lesson, it still succeeds in entertaining & informing.