The Saint's Mistress

The Saint's Mistress

by Kathryn Bashaar


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Told against the fourth-century backdrop of the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity, The Saint's Mistress breathes life into the previously untold story of Saint Augustine and his mistress.

Defying social norms and traditions, Roman aristocrat Aurelius Augustinus falls in love with Leona, a North African peasant. Leona comes into conflict with Aurelius's mother Monnica, his powerful patron Urbanus, and the Empire itself, in her fight to keep her family together and win legitimacy for her son. When Monnica and Urbanus succeed in separating Leona from her son and securing a more suitable fiancée for Aurelius, Leona commits herself to the Church.

When many years later Leona and Aurelius, now Bishop Augustine, meet again, old passions re-ignite, perennial feuds smolder, and the fate of the Roman Empire in North Africa hangs in the balance.

"Ask any author-sinners are more interesting than saints." -Michael Schmicker, investigative journalist and novelist

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ISBN-13: 9780744301335
Publisher: CamCat Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

A s a small child, Kathryn Bashaar earned the nickname Suitcase Simpson, for the little suitcase of books that she carried with her everywhere. Starting at age 11, she developed her own writing by keeping a journal. All 53 years of those journals still live in a closet in her home in Pittsburgh. Kathryn's fiction and nonfiction have been published in Civil War Times, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the literary journals Metamorphosis and PIF. "Infamy," won an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's 2014 shorts-short fiction contest. She lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

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