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: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312556167
0312556160
Characteristics: 341 pages : maps ; 21 cm

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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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