Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate: A Novel

Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate: A Novel

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by Diana Wallis Taylor
     
 

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Claudia's life did not start easily. The illegitimate daughter of Julia, reviled and exiled daughter of Caesar Augustus, Claudia spends her childhood in a guarded villa with her mother and grandmother. When Tiberius, who hates Julia, takes the throne, Claudia is wrenched away from her mother to be brought up in the palace in Rome. The young woman is

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Claudia's life did not start easily. The illegitimate daughter of Julia, reviled and exiled daughter of Caesar Augustus, Claudia spends her childhood in a guarded villa with her mother and grandmother. When Tiberius, who hates Julia, takes the throne, Claudia is wrenched away from her mother to be brought up in the palace in Rome. The young woman is adrift—until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When Pilate is appointed Prefect of the troublesome territory of Judea, Claudia does what she has always done: she makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find peace and rest in the teaching of the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?

Readers will be whisked through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as they follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts. Diana Wallis Taylor combines her impeccable research with her flair for drama and romance to craft a tale worthy of legend.

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As the granddaughter of Caesar Augustus, Claudia lived in the palace and witnessed political machinations and intrigue. Then she marries Pontius Pilate and travels with him to Judea, where there is even more unrest. She begins to find peace in the teachings of a young preacher, but, soon, even his presence stirs trouble. VERDICT Taylor's fourth biblical historical (Journey to the Well; Martha; Mary Magdalene) features lush, exotic, ancient settings and in-depth characterization. Readers who enjoy strong women of history will appreciate this work. Recommend it to those who read Francine Rivers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800721381
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/15/2013
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
320,467
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well, Martha, and Mary Magdalene and lives in California. Find out more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.

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Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What an excellent job Ms Taylor did in bringing this story to life. Although Claudia is mentioned in one paragraph in the Gospels, there is also a mention of a Claudia in 2 Timothy, which could be her. Claudia was portrayed and is believed to be the only daughter of Caesar Augustus. She lived a secluded life until the age of thirteen, as in she never leaves her home. She is then brought to live with the Emperor Tiberius, she will live with him until the right man is chosen for her to marry. To her surprise she loves the man that is chosen, Lucious Pontius Pilate, and they begin their lives together. There is a lot of good and evil in this book. Of course we know the part that Pilate plays in the death of Jesus. What we don't know is that Claudia becomes a follower. This book is a real page turner, a wonderful love story, and a powerful telling of the crucifixion of Jesus. Such a wonderful story of the plots, and murders, and doing just about anything to achieve power. Also the ways of life during this period. Travel along on this journey with Diana Wallis Taylor, you will not be disappointed! I received this book through the Revell Publishing Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
RDH75 More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something to read as past of my Lenten practice, and this fit the bill nicely. The author is upfront about informing the reader that this is historical FICTION, but her research was good and accurate, when compared with other sources. I had just finished KILLING JESUS by Bill O'Reilly prior to this, and the historical facts (Roman rulers, time frames, etc)shared in both books helped to further flesh out the story; The history lesson between the two of them helped pull me deeper into Claudia's story.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Diana Wallis Taylor’s novel, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, tells the story of a woman who becomes the wife of the governor of Judea, the man who condemns Jesus to death. Claudia, granddaughter of a Roman emperor, lives a simple life with her banished mother in a villa outside of Rome. Her life takes a different turn when she is summoned to the palace where power hungry officials indulge in intrigue and betrayal. After marrying Lucius Pontius Pilate, she moves to Judea, where her husband has his hands full in governing the Jews. Unlike her husband, Claudia shows interest in the people’s life and religion. Her dreams of having a happy family life, far away from Rome, prove to be elusive and things get out of hand when Jesus starts preaching against the practices of the Jewish priests.           Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, is a historical fiction that follows the journey of a woman who is only fleetingly mentioned in one of the accounts of the gospels. In this novel, author Diana Wallis Taylor tries to reconstruct the life of one of history’s least known figures, who happens to be the wife of the controversial Pontius Pilate. In doing so, readers can get a glimpse of the events that led to the crucifixion of Jesus from a different point of view. Claudia lives during a time when events will change the course of human history and that makes her story quite interesting. It is clearly the author’s intention to focus on her life and I believe this is an achievement, considering the many twists and turns of the era. In the end, we get to know her innermost feelings as she faces her destiny. It is a story that is absolutely worth the telling.
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
Several months ago, I reviewed Taylor's release Martha. I did not enjoy it as much as I expected to but I opted to give Taylor's latest, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, a fair shot. I applaud Taylor for taking on such a difficult subject. As she mentions in her Author's Note, Claudia is only mentioned once possibly twice. Taylor's historical research shines through and she stayed close to the Gospel's account in most places. However, some of the creative licenses she took turned me off to the story. I won't go into it. Judea, in the disciples' day, I think was represented well. It was neat to visualize what it was like and to form a mental image. I also thought it was neat to see what Jesus's ministry would have looked like to an outsider. That isn't a view I get to read often, and I an impressed at how real Taylor wrote it. In truth, I felt like the book ran much longer than it should have. The last chapters were a drag with no clear direction as to where we were going. I really wanted to like this book, but it simply wasn't for me. I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks! Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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S_Fiedler More than 1 year ago
This story captivated me to the end. I couldn't put it down the closer I came to finishing. The story stayed in my thoughts and dreams for days afterward. Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives a totally different view of the days of Christ. Even the upper class id not have things all rosy. Good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From a captive young girl to the wife of the governor in ancient Jerusalem who sent Jesus to his death this story tells the fictionalized story of Claudia's life. The author did a lot of research of the times and place of Roman Governor and the death of our Lord.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story. Third book i have read by this author.
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kanastos More than 1 year ago
This is my first book on the wife of Pilate. I like the way Taylor breathes life into the lives of a couple of historical figures. I know that the dialogue is made up but it does give a possible background to why Pilate did the things he did and what might have been going on in his mind when Christ was brought before him for sentencing. A very good read.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  Young and beautiful, naive and sheltered, Claudia is only sixteen when she is delivered to Pontius Pilate as his bride. Having been held prisoner in her villa with her outcast mother since she was a child, Claudia knows nothing of what (or who) waits for her in Israel. Once married, a dangerous voyage from Italy with her slave girl Hotep as her companion leaves her in a foreign world. This girl is dropped in the midst of a huge, interconnected web of politics and rulers vying for dominance, and she begins to understand that being the wife of Pilate is no simple thing. On every front, the powers her husband represents clash with the Jewish people he rules over. The Jews, including the kind midwife who tends Claudia in her labor, worship One God, who is invisible as far as Claudia understands. Pilate scoffs, but is forced to respect the Jew's devotion to their God. They worship Him like He is real. The Romans, meanwhile, bow to many idols of wood and stone, giving lavish offerings and prayers to their statues, but in their hearts many do not revere the idols. Claudia's discussions with the Jews she meets about who God is are worth reading and pondering. How do you explain our transcendent, omnipotent, merciful God to someone caught in a false religion? How was God presented to you when you were saved?  Diana Wallis Taylor has changed our mental conception of Claudia from a sparse outline to a richly colored, thickly layered painting with a greater scope and depth of field, including Claudia's youth and her love of life as well as her wrestling with questions of faith. If you have ever wondered who the woman behind Pilate might have been, this book will leave you with some ideas, and an imagination ready to wonder more about this woman of Scripture. Thank you Revell and Diana Wallis Taylor for this book! **Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.**
VicG More than 1 year ago
Diana Wallis Taylor in her new book, "Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate" published by Revell takes us back to Biblical times to give us a look into the life of a Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilate, at the time of Jesus. From the Back Cover: In a time of turmoil, one woman will search for love and peace-and find it where she never expected. Claudia's life did not start easily. The illegitimate daughter of Julia, reviled and exiled daughter of Caesar Augustus, Claudia spends her childhood in a guarded villa with her mother and grandmother. When Tiberius, who hates Julia, takes the throne, Claudia is wrenched away from her mother to be brought up in the palace in Rome. The young woman is adrift-until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When Pilate is appointed Prefect of the troublesome territory of Judea, Claudia does what she has always done: she makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find peace and rest in the teaching of the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about? Readers will be whisked through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as they follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts. Diana Wallis Taylor combines her impeccable research with her flair for drama and romance to craft a tale worthy of legend. Rome, the Caesars, Pontius Pilate and Jerusalem. This is a time for turmoil, royal intrigue, plots, murders and double-dealings. And into all of this comes a young girl named, Claudia. Eventually she is married off to Pilate and they travel to Jerusalem where he takes his office. There the both of them learn about Jesus. She tells her husband of the dream she had and he ignores her to send Jesus to the cross. Claudia is only mentioned once in the Gospels so Ms. Taylor had a lot of work to do to give us Claudia as a real person with real desires and plans. And she succeeded admirably. Once again Ms. Taylor researched what life was like in Jesus' time and came up with a full picture of what her life might have been like. Of course, this is a work of fiction but based on Biblical events and is a sweet tale of trials, triumphs, and love. And, of course, there is also Jesus appearing in the story. Want to read a good book with events from the Bible woven into it then I recommend this book highly. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." "Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."