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Read an extract from Simon Scarrow’s THE BLOOD OF ROME

Posted on: 14/11/2018 with tags: extract, Macro and Cato, simon scarrow, The Blood of Rome, Roman

Ctesiphon, capital city of the Parthian Empire, March, AD 55 The setting sun lit up the broad stretch of the Tigris river, so that it gleamed like molten gold against the pale orange of the sky. The air was still and cool, and the last clouds of the thunderstorm that had drenched the city had passed to the south, leaving the faintest odour of iron in the gathering dusk. The servants of the royal palace were scurrying about their duties as they prepared the riverside pavilion for that evening’s m…

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“He was the most wanted man in the Roman Empire” Ilka Tampke on the man who inspired her novel Songwoman

Posted on: 02/10/2018 with tags: Roman Britain

Songwoman is the second instalment in my fictional exploration of Iron-Age Britain. It continues the story told in Skin, but it also stands as its own autonomous beast, more historical, more militaristic, perhaps a little darker. And so it should be, as it narrates the brutalisation and destruction of something very precious. Songwoman is set in the wild and mythological landscapes of ancient Wales. It enters history at a decisive moment in the Roman colonisation of the indigenous British tribes…

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Anthony Riches awards reader with a piece of genuine roman history!

Posted on: 21/09/2018 with tags: Anthony Riches, Roman

Anthony Riches, author of the historical fiction series The Centurions and Empire has awarded one eagle-eyed reader a piece of genuine roman history – a solid gold coin Vespasian Aureus coin! Riches says: ‘My original motivation for buying the coin was primarily one of avarice. I thought to put it on display (too small) or wear it as a pendant (not allowed, my numismatist told me as my chest hair would – genuinely – rub off the soft gold detail!) or perhaps even in a ring (except that’s really n…

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