An Ancient Roman Historical novel following Hortensia, a young woman navigating the male-dominated courts of law as she uncovers a plot to overthrow the Republic.The body of a Vestal Virgin is found in the Tiber River, and soon after, a senator is found having bled to death in his bath. As Roman authorities turn a strangely blind eye, Hortensia, the daughter of the capital’s most celebrated orator, begins investigating this trail of murders that leads straight into the dark heart of Rome. Despite her husband’s and father’s attempts to protect her, rebelling against the societal constraints to her sex, Hortensia plunges deeper into the corrupt underworld of the city. And only one man can save her from becoming the next victim: Lucrio, the ex-gladiator to whom she already owes her life. But Lucrio has secrets as well, and his past threatens to subsume both him and Hortensia. Rivals of the Republic is the exciting fiction debut from Roman historian and author Annelise Freisenbruch. Using her supreme knowledge of the period, Freisenbruch delivers a meticulously accurate and suspenseful mystery that will grip readers from beginning to end.
|Publisher:||The Overlook Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Annelise Freisenbruch received her PhD in Classics from Cambridge University.
She has worked as a researcher for the BBC and has appeared in documentaries about ancient Rome for PBS and CNN. Her first book,Caesars’ Wives, was published in the US and the UK to critical acclaim and has been translated into eight languages. Rivals of the Republic is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Murder, mystery and life in 70 BC Rome A senator is murdered and a vestal virgin is found dead, and that's just the start of this action filled mystery thriller. Hortensia is the 17 year daughter of a prominent lawyer, and is requested by the Chief Priestess of the Vestal Virgins to help solve a mystery they have discovered. But what can Hortensia, a woman in a man's society, do? Plenty it seems, with a little help from her new slave, who seems to have secrets of his own. Alongside the great storyline there is plenty of fascinating information about the life of women in Rome in 70 BC, what happens in the law courts, how the lives of the rich and the poor differ, plus tales of corruption and bribery. There is a list of characters at the front of the book, but I only referred to it once. The names of the characters are easy to follow, and the book is so interesting that I turned to Google quite a few times to find out more about things and events mentioned. A 5*s from me, as I love a historical novel that keeps me involved both with the plot and many interesting historical facts. I understand this is the first book in a series of historical crime novels - great news, I look forward to the next.