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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; paperback / softback edition (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755307798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755307791
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough (North-East England) in 1946. After A-levels, he went to Ushaw College in Durham for three years to study for the Catholic priesthood. In 1967, he was admitted to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford. While there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt. He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.

Paul worked in Ascot, Newark and Crawley, before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School, Woodford Green, Essex, in September 1981. Trinity is a large comprehensive (1700 on roll) which teaches the full ability range, ages 11-18. The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K. and has been awarded "Outstanding" in four consecutive OFSTED inspections. All seven of Paul and Carla's children have been educated at Trinity.

Paul's other incarnation is as a novelist. He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and decided to start writing about the "undergrowth of history", beginning with THE DEATH OF A KING, published in 1985. Since then, Paul has written nearly 100 books and has published a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Ages, Classical Greece, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and are available in several formats, including large print, audio books, and more recently e-books.

He has been published under several pseudonyms: C. L. Grace, Paul Harding, Michael Clynes, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name. Paul has also written a number of non-fiction titles, among them: ISABELLA AND THE STRANGE DEATH OF EDWARD II, a scholarly study of The Great Crown Jewels Robbery of 1303, THE SECRET LIFE OF ELIZABETH I, and a study of the mystery surrounding the death of Alexander the Great.
Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings. A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul loves to tell stories and "bring history to life."

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The second dramatic historical novel set in the turbulence of Roman society to feature imperial secret agent Claudia

About the Author

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in north-east London and lives with his family in Essex.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
As the reader can deduce from the title this novel is about Ancient Rome. Is is set at the time of the Emperor Constantine and his manipulative mother Helena, who is the power behind his "reign". Claudia the leading character is Helena's spy. She is heavily involved with one of the foremost gladiators in the city and he has become the subject of a heavy betting syndicate who are attempting to manipulate his fights in the arena to their advantage. The book is full of the savagery and violence that is well documented for that period of history. Paul Doherty seems to be able to turn his hand to any period of history, be it Rome, Ancient Egypt or Medieval England. This is as good as any of his recent books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Nov 2004
Format: Hardcover
As the reader can deduce from the title this novel is about Ancient Rome. Is is set at the time of the Emperor Constantine and his manipulative mother Helena, who is the power behind his "reign".
Claudia the leading character is Helena's spy. She is heavily involved with one of the foremost gladiators in the city and he has become the subject of a heavy betting syndicate who are attempting to manipulate his fights in the arena to their advantage.
The book is full of the savagery and violence that is well documented for that period of history. Paul Doherty seems to be able to turn his hand to any period of history, be it Rome, Ancient Egypt or Medieval England. This is as good as any of his recent books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 April 2006
Format: Paperback
What can I say? As interested as I may be in the period this book failed to really capture my attention and keep me turning pages, wondering what was going to happen next (to be frank, in the end I read on feverishly to get it over with).
Set at the time when Constantine has recently acquired power, the protagonist Claudia is supposed to be one of his mother Helena's spies. An unlikely spy if you ask me, most of the time she dozes of under a tree somewhere and is caught off guard by someone else who then volunteers some helpful information. I bet you didn't think spying was that easy, huh?
On top of this Doherty had the luminous idea of providing many of the characters with names like 'Petronius the Pimp', 'Festus the Fornicator' or 'Sallust the Searcher' which makes it all seem like some kind of childrens' book really.
I was disappointed in 'The Cup of Ghosts' by the same author, so I for one will be stearing clear of Doherty's novels for a while.
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