The Course of Honour

The Course of Honour

Book - 2009
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In ancient Rome, ambitious citizens who aspired to political power, to become one of the ruling elite--a senator, had to follow what was known as "The Course of Honor." This course had only one unbreakable rule: a senator is forbidden to marry a slave, even a freed slave. When the soldier Vespasian meets an interesting girl in the imperial palace, he doesn't know she is a slave in the household of the imperial family. But he is inexorably drawn in by her intelligence and charisma. Yet as Vespasian slowly rises from near-obscurity and as emperor after emperor plays out their own deadly, seductive games of lust and conquest, the future is something no one could imagine. No one could believe that a country-born army man might win the throne--no one, that is, except a slave girl who, with the future Emperor, begins a daring course of honor of her own.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin Griffin, 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312556167
0312556160
Characteristics: 341 pages : maps ; 21 cm

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T_G
Jan 01, 2018

Really enjoyed it. I had already read the Falco and Albia series. But after finishing this, it makes me want to re-read the Falco books, especially the instances where Vespasian and Caenis appear.

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mammothhawk229e
Nov 14, 2017

This fleshed out novel on a obscure character (mistress?) in turbulent time & bring alive Roman Empire warts & all explained why author is so great.
Read this while waiting for next Falco novel back then.
Caenis as a behind the scene mover & shaker for middle-class Vespasian to conquer Great Britain very plausible.
Characterization was very deep.
The military action & political backstabbing rivaled Clancy's technothriller.
Learned a lot on year of the four emperor & why legions chose Vespasian.
Highly recommend offbeat historical novel.

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julcat51
Jan 15, 2016

I will read anything that Lindsey Davis writes. She is first rate in the art of bringing the dust of the past to life. She does this by taking the facts that have been learned by archaeologists and historians.
I have learned so much while reading her works and I know I can trust her to stay true to her research. She teaches in a most enjoyable way.
Also, she is a first rate lady. Check out her web site.

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