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By Valerio Massimo Manfredi

ISBN-10: 0230714560

ISBN-13: 9780230714564

March, forty four BC. Rome, in all her glory, has extended her territories past the wildest goals of her voters, led via Caius Julius Caesar -- Pontifex Maximus, dictator perpetuo, invincible army chief and in simple terms fifty-six years previous. he's a guy accountable for his future, who wields huge, immense strength in the course of the monstrous empire. notwithstanding his god-given project - to finish the blood-splattered fratricidal wars, reconcile implacably antagonistic factions and protect Roman civilization and global order - is teetering dangerously on the subject of collapse... His strength is draining away. None of his supporters can cease the inexorably evolving plot opposed to him and prophecy will explode into fact at the Ides of March and the realm will switch forever.

This is political mystery laced via with the entire intrigue and motion surrounding the most the most important turning issues within the historical past of western civilization.

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Why, that is a play on your name. It is clever,” she said, grasping my hand. ” “Yet I fear it is not a strong mark of favor,” I said. ” Emme was silent for a moment. “At least she didn’t call you a mouse. ” “But a cat is a sly creature. Does she think me deceitful? ” In the dark, my insecurities multiplied like shadows on the wall. From the next bed came a sigh. “Perhaps she meant nothing at all. ‘Cat’ is simply easier to say than ‘Catherine,’ ” said Frances. ” Emme hissed at her. I laughed at the thought of large wooden eating bowls affixed to the side of Frances’s head.

He began to feed it into my sleeve, beginning at my wrist. His fingers played against the skin of my forearm as the handkerchief disappeared. I was too startled to say a word. Footsteps sounded in the hall. I turned and saw Frances standing midway between the bench and the table. Had she seen Ralegh give me the handkerchief? Then the door was flung open and the queen entered just as Walter dropped my arm and I folded my hands in front of me. I was sure my face was the color of vermilion. With my thumb I tucked the lace edges of the handkerchief out of sight.

With one hand she held the reins while extending her other arm to the onlookers. I could not take my eyes off her brightness, which even the rain did not dim. ” Forgetting my father, I ran forward to touch the queen. Trying to reach the hem of her skirt, I grazed the horse’s fetlock and smelled its wet flesh. Then my mother pulled me back. ” I felt my mother’s arms stiffen around me. Father did not visit us that day. ” Had I really seen the queen pass and touched her horse? If I had, why couldn’t I recall her face?

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