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The Course of Honour

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    Excellent historical novel

    Davis wrote this novel before she wrote the Falco series, though it wasn't published until after several Falco mysteries were out. It's a terrific look at the turbulent years of Caligula, Claudius, and Nero through the eyes of a female slave who was closely connected with the Claudians. Her relationship with Vespasian threads throughout the book, providing an interesting look at how a poor nobody could rise through the ranks to become emperor. This book is sometimes billed as 'historical romance,' but it's more accurately described as historical fiction--a romance weaves through it, but it's mostly a woman's eye view of the political history of Rome after Augustus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    A rare look at a woman's life in ancient times.

    This story was based on an interesting fact mentioned by Tacitus -- that Vespasian had a mistress who was a slave-- and Davis, better known for her Falco series, did a terrific job of bringing the feisty Caenis to life. Many of the minor comic events in Vespasian's life also were reported by Tacitus (a great read in itself). We so rarely get to see the role that women played in ancient times!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2001

    Highly engaging story!

    Aside from the confusing dialong in the first scene (it is difficult to see who is speaking and what gender each is) I found the book riveting. A delightful, well paced storyline and appealing characters. The banter between the lead characters was fun. I had recently read Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, but enjoyed additional insights on Roman lifestyles in this work. My only wish would be that the heroine's character had shown more growth during the story. She seemed to be portrayed as the same emotional maturity from start to finish.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    The detail, sentiment and "emotional color" Ms Davis h

    The detail, sentiment and "emotional color" Ms Davis has imbued her characters with evoke similar responses in the reader as in the characters being written about. It is a "magic carpet ride" through a sliver of history with players you are unlikely to forget. I recommend this book to casual as well as historically minded readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2005

    Disappointing

    Slow, dull, no impact at all, a waste of time. I was expecting more creativity on the Author's part specially after reading her book 'Silver pigs'. The Romance side of the story was not even lukewarm, as for the description of ancient roman lifestyles, there are accurate and better books to learn from or just follow the (2005) HBO 'ROME' series.

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