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Almost Never Got Published
on 18 September 2006
For those readers who are Falco fanatics let me establish from the start that this is not a Falco novel but nonetheless it is a terrific read. Still using the setting of Ancient Rome (I think that Lindsey Davis has just about made the city her own).the author weaves her magical spell for lovers of all things ancient and Roman.
Lindsey Davis herself admits that the Roman setting deterred publishers for ten years. I cannot for the life of me wonder why. There are many novels (thank goodness) set in the Roman period and nobody does it better than Davis. She also admits that the time she spent researching this novel gave her the idea for the Falco series.
The Course of Honour is set in one of the most troublesome times in Rome's history. The death of Vespasian's wife, Flavia Domitilla has allowed him to reform a relationship with his former mistress Antonia Caenis, a former slave and now a freedwoman who had been secretary to Antonia, Marc Anthony's daughter. She remained his wife in all but name even after he became Emperor and was instrumental in many of the decisions that he made. The old saying that behind every great man there is a woman was never truer than with this pair of lovers.