I, Claudius & Claudius the God Paperback – 30 Jan 1986
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A work of historical fiction which recreates the life and times of Emperor Claudius, who lived from 10 BC to AD 41, a time when poisoning, blasphemy, treachery, incest and unnatural vice were commonplace. From the author of CLAUDIUS THE GOD AND HIS WIFE MESSALINA.
About the Author
Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and was seriously wounded at the Battle of the Somme. He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That, in 1929, and it was soon established as a modern classic. He died on 7 December 1985 in Majorca, his home since 1929.
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With a lame leg,and grew up with a stutter and twitch he was treated
With contempt by his mother and grandmother ,although his siblings
And in-laws ,friends thought enough of him to advise him to exaggerate
More of his ailments so he would not be considered a threat to the more
Devious members of his clan. He was definitely on the sidelines
During Tiberius reign ,but took the brunt of Caligula s insanity
During his . In the series Claudius was astute enough to play
Along with Caligula s bouts of insanity not only saving him
Self but also countless others,after Caligula assassination
The praetorian guard elevated him to emperor ,to save himself
From certain assassination from the Senate if he refuses the guards
Protection he succumbs to pressure to become emperor.
He became the only emperor to subdue Britain(Julius Caesar
Was not an emperor) and this campaign gave him more
Credence with the Senate .unfortunately his marriage
To messalina was nearly his undoing. In the book/series
She and lover tried to commit a coup until the emperor s staff
Managed to put it down.devastated when he was tricked
Into signing her death warrant ,he later marrys Caligula
Younger sister,and adopts her son nero in favour of his own
Son to be next emperor,Claudius already thought that his son
Would be assassinated after his own demise. Claudius had
Already gathered that he would be murdered by Nero and
His wife and could or would not do any thing to prevent
It. Perhaps he thought that with Nero on the throne
The Senate would depose the emperor Nero revert to republic
And then Claudius s natural son would be safe........
Telling the tale from an insider's perspective, these two books tell the family history of Claudius, the stuttering `idiot' who managed to survive the rather bloody politics of the day long enough to become Emperor himself. Populated with memorable characters such as the mad Caligula, the paranoid Tiberius, the scheming Livia and the quick tempered Augustus, Claudius has a family history full of murder and intrigue. In order to survive he plays up his image of the amiable idiot, never quite important enough to be worth killing. But behind the mask was a quick and observant man, fascinated with establishing the truth for his history books.
Robert Graves provides Claudius with a compassionate personality, ill suited to his times. But this makes the narrating voice one with which we have much sympathy, especially when the cruel deceptions practiced by the perfidious Messalina are revealed. The story is put forward in a clear and compelling fashion. Covering almost 200 years, and with a host of characters, it is epic in scale, yet centres around a very human story of just one man. Graves draws each character well, and provides them with distinctive mannerisms and voices, making each stand out clearly.
The edition contains I, Claudius and the sequel Claudius the God. The first book details the Claudian family history and the events leading up to Claudius being proclaimed Emperor. The second book tells the tale of his rule, his demise and some of the future of the Empire under the rule of Nero.
These are absolute classics of English literature. Erudite, beautifully written, but also enthralling adventure stories that are highly accessible. Highly recommended to all.
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