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The Wedding Shroud by Elisabeth Storrs
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it was amazing

A Compelling story of Ancient Rome and the Etruscans

Talk about the difficulties in arranged marriages! In The Wedding Shroud, author Elisabeth Storrs tells the story of a Roman woman, Caecilia, who is wed to a complete stranger, the Etruscan noble, Vel Marstarna, in order to cement a truce between the two nations. Caecilia has already experienced the difficulties of being the offspring of a marriage between a commoner and a patrician, never fully fitting into Roman society, when she is further thrust into the uneasy position of being a Roman in the Etruscan culture. Caecilia finds herself living among people with a different language, different customs, different gods, different attitudes towards sexuality, and very different attitudes towards a women’s role in society.

At every turn her own beliefs in what is right and wrong are challenged. Even the tentative relationships she develops with her servant, her step-son, and her mother-in-law, threaten her sense of what it means to be a Roman. Caecilia’s inability to reconcile her love and loyalty to Rome with her growing love for her husband and his people leads her into greater and greater personal danger as she becomes the pawn of contending religious and political forces.

The Wedding Shroud is a masterful piece of writing, deftly weaving the narrative and the historical details into a book I could not put down. I cared passionately about Caelcilia and all the other characters in the book, and I began to care about the Etruscans and the Roman people as well. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel to discover what happens next.
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Reading Progress

October 29, 2011 – Started Reading
October 29, 2011 – Shelved
November 7, 2011 – Finished Reading

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