- Paperback: 570 pages
- Publisher: Cornelian Press; 2 edition (15 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0987340700
- ISBN-13: 978-0987340702
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,496,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wedding Shroud: A Tale of Ancient Rome Paperback – 15 Feb 2013
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About the Author
Elisabeth Storrs has long had a passion for the history, myths and legends of the ancient world. She graduated from Sydney University in Arts Law having studied Classics. Her curiosity piqued by an Etruscan sarcophagus depicting a couple embracing for eternity, she discovered the little known story of the struggle between Etruscan Veii and Republican Rome. Elisabeth lives with her husband and two sons in Sydney and over the years has worked as a solicitor, corporate lawyer, governance consultant and business writer. The Wedding Shroud is the first novel in a trilogy set in Ancient Rome and Etruria. It was shortlisted in the 2012 Sharp Writ Awards for general fiction. The sequel, The Golden Dice, will be released in 2013.
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Caecilia suffers from a severe case of culture shock when she arrives at her husband's home in Veii. All this decadent, sexually loose behavior causes the young woman to cling to her Roman ways for fear of giving in to this sinful life.Read more ›
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Caecilia suffers from a severe case of culture shock when she arrives at her husband's home in Veii. All this decadent, sexually loose behavior causes the young woman to cling to her Roman ways for fear of giving in to this sinful life. Even the food is over spiced! To make an inaccurate comparison, she's a Puritan among the hedonists and she's terrified of temptation. This is an historically accurate juxtaposition, as far as I know, but it can be a heavy one at times. You may wish occasionally that Caecilia weren't so proud of her stiff Roman values. She does succumb to Veii in a number of ways--perhaps in all the important ways--but Storrs avoids a linear descent, forward a little into Veientane lifestyle and love, then back part way again, so this is an unpredictable and complicated tale. Caecilia's relationship with her husband, Mastarna, is a compellingly deep one, overshadowed by the gradually revealed story of his love and sorrow for his first wife. Mastarna's family--his mother, brother, adopted son, servants--is a rich source of flawed human beings who, with one notable exception, try to make Caecilia feel welcome, despite her prickly start. Along with the wealth of dramatic detail about daily life and macabre Etruscan religious rites, the interactions of the family and Caecilia engaged my interest throughout against the main story of the back and forth romance between husband and wife with its intentional frustration and grief. This novel pulls its reader into an unusual world where no other writer I know of has gone and unfolds an intriguing plot, revealing a little known corner of Roman history. Pick it up and explore.
Now, I like historical romances as well as the next romance-lover, but I have never read a book that took place in ancient times. That being said, I don't regret it one bit. Elisabeth Storrs obviously did her research and delved into the details of daily life in ancient Rome.
Caecilia, a young Roman woman is wed to Mastarna, an Etruscan who lives in Veii, as part of a treaty. The Roman woman struggles to adjust to leaving her pious city of Rome to live in a city where debauchery is the norm and she is an outcast. Caecilia is a young woman with insecurities, she has issues adjusting to the city of Veii, but I think she shows character in slowly adjusting to the culture.
Storrs obviously did her research into the lives of ancient Romans. The descriptions are vivid, making you feel like you are in an Etruscan city. There were some disturbing parts for me such as the barbaric sacrifices, but it wasn't anything I haven't heard in history classes, and it truly helps the story.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to historical romance lovers. There is one thing that could be somewhat distracting to the enjoyment of this book: the use of ancient terms. There is a glossary at the end of the book and for the most part you can figure out the meaning of the words within the sentence, but to some it could be a distracting. However, if you can get past that, love a story rich in details, heartbreak and love, this is a great book for you. I will definitely not be shying away from ancient romances anymore!