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Historical fiction about the controversial Saint Jerome is given a contemporary twist

Rome, 382 AD. When the Pontiff commissions Jerome to translate the Bible into Latin, it is a political masterstroke. Jerome's Vulgate displaces the many alternative biblical texts and plays a critical role in establishing Christianity as a world religion. Yet Jerome is his own worst enemy and quickly alienates the ruling elite, many of whom are targets of his famously sarcastic wit.

What is less known is that Jerome is assisted by a circle of aristocratic women who risk their lives in the pursuit of their ideals. Chief among them is the attractive young widow Paula, as devoted to Jerome as she is to his cause. Rumours circulate as his enemies plot to dispose of Jerome once and for all ...

Foreword by Richard Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Classics, Australian National University.

Edited by Denise O'Hagan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780646943701
Publisher: Black Quill Press
Publication date: 10/05/2015
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Joan O'Hagan (1926−2014) was an internationally published author of fiction. She grew up in Canberra and studied Classics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. After working in New Caledonia and England, she lived most of her life in Rome, Italy before returning to Australia in 1997. For further details, please see: and

Table of Contents

One: The Commission
Two: Intrigue in High Places
Three: Expulsion from Rome
Four: Afterwards
Historical Postscript
Glossary of Names
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