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Centurion's Daughter

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Her Frankish mother dead, 17-year-old Aemilia arrives at Soissons in Roman Gaul in search of her Roman father whom she has never met. She knows only that his name is Tarunculus and that he is a former centurion. She finds an old man fixed on the past, attempting in vain to kindle a spark of patriotism in his dispirited countrymen. Soon, Aemilia is caught up in her father's ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Arx Publishing
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Julie Davis
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Her Frankish mother dead, 17-year-old Aemilia arrives at Soissons in Roman Gaul in search of her Roman father whom she has never met. She knows only that his name is Tarunculus and that he is a former centurion. She finds an old man fixed on the past, attempting in vain to kindle a spark of patriotism in his dispirited countrymen. Soon, Aemilia is caught up in her father's schemes to save the Empire and the intrigues of the Roman nobility in Soissons. In the war between Franks and Romans to deci
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Jane
Set in an unusual period for historical novels--486 AD--the Western Roman Empire has collapsed and the Franks are becoming more powerful in Roman Gaul. Enjoyable and informative. Aemelia, a devout Christian and the daughter of a former centurion in the Roman army, arrives in Soissons to meet her father, whom she has not seen for years, having been raised by her Frankish mother. Considered the town eccentric, Tarunculus, her father, dreams of restoring Rome to its former glory and harangues peopl ...more
Liz
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At last! A truly historial background that does not come across as a lesson, but provides an authentic back-drop of day-to-day life in the year 486AD in the last province of Roman Gaul, where a battle was fought that marked the fall of the Roman Empire.

Amelia is the daughter of a pagan Roman centurion, Taranculus, who takes her loyalty to him and the Roman way of life when she arrives to stay with him for granted, even though he has not seen her since she was a baby. She had been brought up a C
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Stan Morris
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A truly wonderful book with a rich background, totally believable scenes and great characters. The story is about a centurion's daughter living in the last Roman enclave ten years after the last Western Roman emperor has been deposed. A dangerous time, filled with desperation, betrayal, and a denial of the reality about them.
Tannia
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical novel fans
Recommended to Tannia by: Reviewer's copy
With his historical novel, Centurion's Daughter, author and illustrator Justin Swanton takes the reader to the decline of Rome the great, and the rise of the Frankish Empire.

Seventeen-year-old Aemelia and her Frankish mother have lived in Reims all their lives. After her mother's death, Aemelia travels to Roman Gaul searching for her Roman father, Centurion Tarunculus, a man she has never seen and only knows through family lore. As Aemelia reaches Gaul, she sees a crowd making fun of a man givin
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Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting book covering the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century, or more specifically, the fall of Roman France (what was left of it) to the Franks, the people who gave their name to the country that was to be established in place of the ancient Roman province that have been called Gaul.
The story is told from the perspective of a girl who is caught between both worlds, the daughter of a Roman Centurion, and raised in the villa of a Roman Aristocrat, Æmilia is however, half F
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April Martinez
Centurion's Daughter by Justin Swanton

This was an interesting book, the time between the fall of Rome and the Franks, The Story is told through the eyes of a young girl whose father is Roman and mother is Frank, speaking both languages she is caught between two cultures, one ending and one beginning. This is an interesting time in history and I enjoyed the author's attention to detail. The characters are interesting and the story flows nicely. It's great having a woman as a main character in thi
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