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The Wedding Shroud
The Wedding Shroud - A Tale of Ancient Rome
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  • Paperback
  • Sep.01.2011
  • 9780987340719

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"All the drama and sensuality of an historical romance, plus a sensitivity to the realities of life in a very different time and world...' Ursula Le Guin          In 406 BC, the young Roman Caecilia is wedded to Vel Mastarna, an Etruscan nobleman from the city of Veii. The fledgling Republic lies only twelve miles across the Tiber from its neighbour, but the cities are from opposing worlds so different are their customs and beliefs. Leaving behind a righteous society, Caecilia is determined to remain true to Roman virtues while living among the sinful Etruscans. Instead she finds herself tempted by a mystical, hedonistic culture which offers pleasure and independence to women as well as a chance to persuade the Gods to delay her destiny. Yet Mastarna and his people also hold dark secrets and, as war looms,...
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"All the drama and sensuality of an historical romance, plus a sensitivity to the realities of life in a very different time and world...' Ursula Le Guin         

In 406 BC, the young Roman Caecilia is wedded to Vel Mastarna, an Etruscan nobleman from the city of Veii. The fledgling Republic lies only twelve miles across the Tiber from its neighbour, but the cities are from opposing worlds so different are their customs and beliefs. Leaving behind a righteous society, Caecilia is determined to remain true to Roman virtues while living among the sinful Etruscans. Instead she finds herself tempted by a mystical, hedonistic culture which offers pleasure and independence to women as well as a chance to persuade the Gods to delay her destiny. Yet Mastarna and his people also hold dark secrets and, as war looms, Caecilia must finally choose where her allegiance lies.

Exploring themes of sexuality, destiny versus self-determination, and tolerance versus prejudice, The Wedding Shroud is historical fiction at its best which vividly brings Ancient Rome and Etruria to life while accenting the lives of women in ancient history.

The Wedding Shroud is the first book in the Tales of Ancient Rome series  and was judged runner-up in the 2012 international Sharp Writ Book Awards in general fiction.

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Hi - I hope you enjoy visiting the little known world of Etruria as well as early Rome when you read The Wedding Shroud and The Golden Dice. The third book in the Tales of Ancient Rome series, Call to Juno, is currently being written.

About Elisabeth

Hi, I'm an Australian author who has has long had a passion for the history, myths and legends of the ancient world.

My debut novel, The Wedding Shroud, was published by Murdoch Books in Australia and New Zealand in 2010. It is the first novel in the Tales of Ancient...

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Published Reviews

Sep.16.2011

Born of a patrician mother and a wealthy plebeian father, Caecilia is no ordinary Roman citizen, but a product of two conflicting worlds. After losing both her parents, Caecilia finds a tenuous place in her...

Sep.16.2011

Few authors have fictionalized the Etruscan civilization, especially when compared with the many who write about Rome. Though separated from the Roman Republic by a mere twelve miles of river and forest...