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Hadrian's Wall

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Introduction

For three centuries, the stone barrier we know as Hadrian's Wall shielded Roman Britain from the unconquered barbarians of the island's northern highlands. But when Valeria, a senator's daughter, is sent to the Wall for an arranged marriage to an aristocratic officer in 367 A.D., her journey unleashes jealousy, passion, and epic war. Valeria's new husband, Marcus, has supplanted the brutally efficient veteran soldier Galba as commander of the famed Petriana cavalry. Yet Galba insists on escorting the bride-to-be on her journey to the Wall.

Is he submitting to duty? Or plotting revenge? And what is the mysterious past of the handsome barbarian chieftain Arden Caratacus, who springs from ambush and who seems to know so much of hated Rome? As sharp as the edge of a spatha sword and as piercing as a Celtic arrow, "Hadrian's Wall evokes a lost world of Roman ideals and barbaric romanticism.

Topics for Discussion Why does the author choose to tell the story through the interviews of Draco and develop his relationship with the slave, Savia? What does this add to the story? We know now that Christianity eventually won, but it must have seemed unlikely at first. What was it about the story of a crucified Jew that was so effective in a world used to multiple gods and deified emperors? What parallels do you see between a Roman Empire trying to sustain its boundaries and the United States of today?

About the Author

William Dietrich is a novelist, Pulitzer-winning journalist, historian and naturalist who lives on an island in Washington State.

Synopsis:

A novel of swirling emotions, ancient warfare, and the final great clash of Roman and Celtic culture.

Synopsis:

The Wall. When the Roman emperor Hadrian first envisioned the awesome edifice in A.D. 122, he used stone, wood, and iron to shield Roman Britannia forever from the unconquered Celtic barbarians. Stretching over seventy milesto divide the island, Hadrian's Wall has maintained the security of the Roman Empire's northern outpost for more than two hundred years. Now a Roman bride has come who will unleash jealousy, passion, and an epic war that will shake a tired and tottering empire to its core.

Tribune Marcus Flavius has secured command at the Wall not through battles fought or wars won, but through his arranged marriage to Valeria, a senator's daughter. He replaces a brutal veteran, Galba Brassidias, an ambitious soldier whose skill in battle is rivaled only by his Machiavellian brilliance. But Galba will do anything it takes to regain his position and dominate the young woman who fascinates and infuriates him.

The intrigue on the Roman side of the Wall is matched by the plotting of Celtic warriors determined to rid their land of the invaders. They are led by the dynamic and mysterious barbarian chieftain Arden Caratacus, a man who seems to know as much about hated Rome as he does of his own people, and who is determined to win the young woman for himself.

Theirs is a story of swirling emotions, ancient warfare, desperate romance, and the final great clash of Roman and Celtic cultures. All will be decided on the field of battle, where the fate of an empire may rest in the strength of Hadrian's Wall.

About the Author

William Dietrich is a novelist, Pulitzer-winning journalist, historian and naturalist who lives on an island in Washington State.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060563714
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
Dietrich, William
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Britons
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20040302
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.17 in 21.49 oz

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Product details 368 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060563714 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A novel of swirling emotions, ancient warfare, and the final great clash of Roman and Celtic culture.
"Synopsis" by , The Wall. When the Roman emperor Hadrian first envisioned the awesome edifice in A.D. 122, he used stone, wood, and iron to shield Roman Britannia forever from the unconquered Celtic barbarians. Stretching over seventy milesto divide the island, Hadrian's Wall has maintained the security of the Roman Empire's northern outpost for more than two hundred years. Now a Roman bride has come who will unleash jealousy, passion, and an epic war that will shake a tired and tottering empire to its core.

Tribune Marcus Flavius has secured command at the Wall not through battles fought or wars won, but through his arranged marriage to Valeria, a senator's daughter. He replaces a brutal veteran, Galba Brassidias, an ambitious soldier whose skill in battle is rivaled only by his Machiavellian brilliance. But Galba will do anything it takes to regain his position and dominate the young woman who fascinates and infuriates him.

The intrigue on the Roman side of the Wall is matched by the plotting of Celtic warriors determined to rid their land of the invaders. They are led by the dynamic and mysterious barbarian chieftain Arden Caratacus, a man who seems to know as much about hated Rome as he does of his own people, and who is determined to win the young woman for himself.

Theirs is a story of swirling emotions, ancient warfare, desperate romance, and the final great clash of Roman and Celtic cultures. All will be decided on the field of battle, where the fate of an empire may rest in the strength of Hadrian's Wall.

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