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The year is 33 AD and Marcellus arrives in Jerusalem with a letter for Pontius Pilate.


From the international bestselling author of THE MASK OF TIME, THE ORIGINAL SIN and THE SEVENTH MOON comes a spellbinding novel of the ancient world.


The life and loves of Marcellus unfold against the vivid, sprawling panorama of the Roman Empire.


As a brilliant young lawyer with the right
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Published October 31st 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published April 1st 1992)
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Jane
More like 4.5. Haunting, gripping novel celebrating the triumph of the human spirit. In 33 AD Marcellus, lawyer and widower, has brought a letter from his uncle, influential senator Vitellius, to Pilate and at his uncle's behest, is investigating the volatility of Judaea and the cruel drunken boor Pilate himself. Marcellus enters Jerusalem on a few days before Passover, on what is now termed as Palm Sunday. He speaks with Jesus and is given advice, a variation of the Golden Rule. Marcellus is ...more
Kathleen Garlock
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the epilogue of The Testament of Marcellus, the author informs the reader that little is known of the historical Marcellus, other than he was appointed by Rome as a sort of temporary overseer of Judea in the relatively short span of time between the rule of Pontius Pilate and that of Marullus. He was a placeholder—a chair-sitter, if you will. Like one of those impeccably dressed, yet oddly ordinary-looking people who slide into a celebrity’s vacated seat at the Oscars so that the viewing ...more
Todd
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received this novel as part of a goodreads giveaway.

As one with a penchant for history, the "Testament of Marcellus" was a quick, engaging read and a book I could easily envision myself rereading at some point in the future. Intermittent visits to various Wikipedia pages during this read appear to confirm the author's diligence in researching the principal cast of characters and settings for this novel. At one point, it appeared the author stumbled while painting a mental picture of a brief
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Graham Clews
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Testimony of Marcellus,

I usually don’t care for first person singular in a novel, but this is, after all, a ‘testament’. It took a few pages, then I got used to that and quite enjoyed the book. The author has clearly done his homework. Marcellus is a lawyer (but I still kept on reading) and a protégé of Vitellius, a well know historical figure who faithfully, and precariously, served 6 (?) emperors. Marcellus finds himself on a semi-diplomatic mission to Jerusalem in order to prepare an
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Rachel
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

I love Historical Fiction as I think I'm learning something while reading a fun story. I don't know that I would call this one "fun" but it is very thoughtful.

I am not a very religious person but I am spiritual. This book is timed toward the end of Jesus Christ's journey. We hear more of him through about half of the book. At the beginning Marcellus meets Jesus on the road but does not know that is who he is speaking with. From the cold detached
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Frances Smythe
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really perfect mix of fact and fiction set at the end of the life of Jesus Christ. Marius Gabriel's story-telling excels once again set in a period of time that we all know well. He creates and gathers together characters from various countries and varying religions and brings them all together in a really intimate way and once again a true love story in amongst it all. A great read.
Dani Bonam
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Joe Rodeck
The hook here is whether or not Marcellus, a Roman lawyer and upcoming politician, will be able to consummate his lust for the wife of Pontius Pilate. Otherwise, this is more soap than novel chronicling the years between Tiberius and Claudius with the New Testament thrown in. Were it not so rambling, I'd rate it higher.

*The Mask of TIme* and *The Original Sin* are better [and sexier].
Gloria Iversen
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because of Mr. Gabriel. I like his writing.....a lot. I disliked gory deaths and details ,but

That was the way it was in this time and place. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this time frame,would like to understand the bible in depth and likes to read Mr Gabriel
Julie Lewis
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! A different perspective of a well-known story.

I just happened to read this over Easter. The story is well written and the characters engaging. The women are very enigmatic- struggling to define themselves in a culture where they had few opportunities for self-discovery, much less self-expression.
Judy Van Hine
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another super book

I would recommend this book. The approach from a non Christian point of view is eye opening. Even though it's fiction, it reads as a history lesson.....not your boring class study....this book makes the era come to life. Another great book from Marius Gabriel! (Read his other books too...NOT a disappointing one in the entire collection.)
elizabeth mayo
Great writer

I enjoy all of this author's novels, and look forward to more. Loved The Mask of Time. Very engaging reads.
Kaye
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit grewsome telling of Jesus crucifixion and what Roman life was like at that time.
Havanah
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About a year ago I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this novel through Goodreads Giveaways and I promptly started to read. I was hooked pretty quickly and, despite the fact I was moving country over this period and probably should have been focusing on other things, I started to read away. Of course, me being the idiot that I am, I managed to leave the book behind and therefore have had to wait for a year to finish it… luckily my parents kept it safe! So this is a long, long overdue review! ...more
Nancy
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads giveaways.

An enjoyable, gripping story set during the height of the Roman empire and the birth of Christianity. Marius Gabriel gives us a finely crafted historical fiction detailing the life and loves of Marcellus (who I believe was an actual individual).

Gabriel's use of intense descriptive prose propels the reader to an era of chaos and constant political vigilance. The whims of the current emperor could mean the end of your life. However Marcellus is
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Tony Drummond
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set at the time of Jesus' crucifixion, this historical drama tells the tale of Roman lawyer as he rises through the ranks within Roman society.

The strength of this novel comes with the excellent characterisation of the leading figures. Whether heroes or baddies, each character is vividly portrayed so that you really care about what happens to them.

The book is at its best when looking at the political intrigue within Roman society. The middle section which looks at our heroes love life was less
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Joann Glasser
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was outstanding in my opinion. I read this book in one day. Could not put it down. Though it was historical fiction I could imagine many of the scenes actually happening. The characters were very believable and the true facts were right on. I was so glad to get this as a giveaway and have recommended the book to many of my friends. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read and review this book. One of the best I have read this year.
Joyce Nesbitt
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting,not the run of the mill but a different and novel[ pardon the pun]approach to using historic characters and was very imaginative.I did enjoy reading it but I believe it would have been just as good without the crudities.
Susan
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as part of a goodreads giveaway.

This book was an enjoyable historical fiction read. There were a few stops that a quick google search would have improve historical fact ( Saul\Paul) but otherwise the history was fine.
Ronnale
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plunges you deep

Plunges you deep into history. An interesting look into the Roman Empire and Jerusalem as it was at the time of the crucification of Christ and the following years.
Penny
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vividly written and imparts a different perspective of the life, times and people of the ancient world - a thoroughly pleasurable read.
Barbara
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any avid reader
Recommended to Barbara by: good reads
This book was not just a good read, it was a great read. I couldn't put it down. This author has such a way with words. Highly recommend this book.
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Marius Gabriel is an international thriller and mystery writer.

Under the pseudonym Madeleine Ker, he wrote over 30 romance novels in the 1980s.

As Marius Gabriel he has written several mystery best-sellers, some of them historical novels.

He has three grown-up children and currently lives in Cairo and London. He is 59.
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