Master and God

Master and God

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AD81. The Roman Emperor Domitian seizes power. Afflicted by classic paranoia, the self-styled Master and God sees enemies everywhere - and he is right. The Senate loathes him, his advisers are terrified, he cannot trust his wife and barbarians menace the frontiers. As he vents his suspicions, no one is safe...Gaius Vinius Clodianus survives physical and mental scars to reach high rank in the Praetorian Guard. Flavia Lucilla tends the privileged women at court; when Domitian's inherited talent unravels into madness, she loses her patron cruelly. In the haven of their shared apartment, Gaius and Lucilla find solace together, yearning for normality while living in a Reign of Terror. Moves against Domitian are begun by his own household. Lucilla has to watch Gaius choose between love for her and risking death; between his sworn duty to protect the Emperor and killing Domitian for the good of Rome. The plot careers close to exposure. Rome teeters on the brink of its Golden Age. A group of unlikely conspirators must now act with decency and courage, whatever the personal cost.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2012
Description: 487 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781444707335
Branch Call Number: Davi


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Jan 29, 2019

I've never before read an account of exciting historical events written so impersonally and boringly. A murder scene plays out with all the tension of a description of someone baking bread.

Sep 30, 2014

I enjoyed the book (as I have with others by her). But I've one quibble: when she writes of homosexuality or pederasty, Davis seems rather ill at ease.

Nov 12, 2012

Good novel from the writer of the acclaimed Falco mysteries. This time Davis tackles the reign of the much maligned Emperor Domitian. She does a great job of conveying the fear that echoes through the halls of the imperial palace and the streets of Rome, as the master and God of all, Domitian, becomes increasingly paranoid and more dangerous. It would have been nice to get a better personal perspective of the emperor such as his thoughts and feelings. Instead, we are left to guess his motivations, much like the characters in this book.

Mar 17, 2012

I haven't read this book yet, but I hate finding a new and possibly interesting book to read and not knowing what it's about because no one's reviewed it yet.

From New York Times bestselling novelist Lindsey Davis comes an epic novel of first-century Rome and the Emperor Domitian, known to all of the Roman world as Master and God

Set in the reign of the Emperor Domitian in first-century Rome, Master and God is Lindsey Davis’s meticulously researched epic novel of the life and times surrounding the last of the Flavian dynasty of emperors. Gaius Vinius is a reluctant Praetorian Guard—the Emperor’s personal guard—and a man with a disastrous marriage history. Flavia Lucilla is also in the imperial court and she is responsible not only for having created the ridiculous hairstyle worn by the imperial ladies but for also making toupees for the balding and increasingly paranoid emperor. The two of them are brought together in an unlikely manner—a devastating fire in Rome—which then leads to a lifelong friendship.Together they watch Domitian’s once talented rule unravel into madness and cruelty, until the people closest to him conspire to delete him from history. As an imperial bodyguard, Vinius then faces a tough decision. Master and God is a compelling novel of the Roman Empire—from the height of power to the depths of madness—told from the perspective of two courtiers and unlikely friends who together are the witnesses to history.

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