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Book Title: The Bearkeeper's Daughter|
The author of the book: Gillian Bradshaw
Edition: Houghton Mifflin
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 462 KB
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Date of issue: December 1st 1987
ISBN 13: 9780395436202
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Reader ratings: 3.5
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This historical novel is set in Constantinople during Justinian’s reign. It borrows the idea of a presumed son of the empress Theodora from a section (The Crimes of Theodora) in the “Secret History” by Procopius (a scholar and historian of the time). The novel should be more appropriately titled “The Bearkeeper’s Grandson” as the main character is not the empress Theodora, like the title of the novel would suggest, but her son.
The story follows John who, at the death of his father travels to the capital to meet his mother, now empress. Theodora finds him a place in the imperial administration under the wing of Narses (Justinian’s eunuch courtier and general) where he, predictably, shines.
The book is enjoyable and mostly historically accurate but the writing style and dialogues were too simple (view spoiler)[ (and the finale was too melodramatic) (hide spoiler)] for my taste. 2.5 stars
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Read information about the authorBorn in Arlington, Virgina, Gillian Bradshaw grew up in Washington, Santiago, Chile and Michigan. She is a Classics graduate from Newnham College, Cambridge, and published her first novel, Hawk of May, just before her final term. A highly acclaimed historical novelist, Gillian Bradshaw has won the Hopwood Award for Fiction, among other prizes. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their four children.
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