The Course of Honour

The Course of Honour

by Lindsey Davis
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The Course of Honour by Lindsey Davis

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780312556167
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/12/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 534,733
Product dimensions: 8.28(w) x 5.48(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Lindsey Davis was born and raised in Birmingham, England. After taking an English degree at Oxford and working for the civil service for thirteen years, she "ran away to be a writer." Her internationally bestselling novels featuring ancient Roman detective Marcus Didius Falco include Venus in Copper, The Iron Hand of Mars, Nemesis and Alexandria. She is also the author of Rebels and Traitors, set during the English Civil War. Davis is the recipient of the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, the highest accolade for crime writers, as well as the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award and the Authors' Club Best First Novel award.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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JUDITHF More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.