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Two Little Boys,
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This review is from: The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series, Book 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
No, not a Rolf Harris story!
The first book starts with two boys - Julius and Marcus - who grow up together on an estate outside Rome, fighting the local bully, and being trained by the estate manager and former gladiator.
Like Cornwell with his Arthur stories where Lancelot was turned from hero into a cowardly, preening, pompous twit, in this book Marcus (who you later learn is the Brutus from 'Et tu.....?') is changed from the potential coward, preening, pompous twit you might have thought from other stories into a sword swinging hero.
Yes, this book and the others twist the truth. For starters, the age gap between Julius and Brutus was far bigger in real life, but this is fiction based on fact. And it works well. A great start to what is a tremendous quartet.