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The Wedding Shroud

The Wedding Shroud This Australian paperback version of the book is no longer available Please see the world territory edition ISBN Unfortunately prior editions of books can t be removed from the site onc

  • Title: The Wedding Shroud
  • Author: Elisabeth Storrs
  • ISBN: 9781741967906
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • This Australian paperback version of the book is no longer available Please see the world territory edition ISBN 9780987340719.Unfortunately, prior editions of books can t be removed from the site once added Apologies for any confusion All the drama and sensuality of an historical romance, plus a sensitivity to the realities of life in a very different time anThis Australian paperback version of the book is no longer available Please see the world territory edition ISBN 9780987340719.Unfortunately, prior editions of books can t be removed from the site once added Apologies for any confusion All the drama and sensuality of an historical romance, plus a sensitivity to the realities of life in a very different time and world Ursula Le GuinIn 406 BC, to seal a tenuous truce, the young Roman Caecilia is wedded to Vel Mastarna, an Etruscan nobleman from the city of Veii The fledgling Republic lies only twelve miles across the Tiber from its neighbour, but the cities are from opposing worlds so different are their customs and beliefs Leaving behind a righteous Rome, Caecilia is determined to remain true to Roman virtues while living among the sinful Etruscans Instead she finds herself tempted by a hedonistic culture which offers pleasure and independence to women as well as an ancient religion that gives her a chance to delay her destiny Yet Mastarna and his people also hold dark secrets and, as war looms, Caecilia discovers that Fate is not so easy to control and that she must finally choose where her allegiance lies.Exploring themes of sexuality, destiny versus self determination and tolerance versus prejudice, The Wedding Shroud is historical fiction at its best which vividly brings Ancient Rome and Etruria to life while accenting the lives of women in ancient history.The Wedding Shroud was judged runner up in the 2012 international Sharp Writ Book Awards in general fiction The second book in the Tales of Ancient Rome series, The Golden Dice, is now available.

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    1. A meticulously researched and well-written book that falls short of my expectations overall because of the weakness of the main character and the absolutely ridiculous turn of the plot after the second half. Warning: this is a very long review, containing a lot of ranting and disbelief on the reviewer's part.Caecelia is a young Roman half-caste. Her mother was a noblewoman brought down from her high station in life by her marriage with a commoner, as a stragegic alliance, which brought her no en [...]

    2. *Received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*This was an infuriating read. I didn't want to continue, but had to know what happened at the end of the story. I didn't want to continue because quite frankly, I got bored. There was too much detail. Things were explained too much. The traditions and religion was spoken of too often. More than needed to understand the story. But I had to keep going because I wanted to know if Caecilia fell in love with Mastarna, and vice versa. If Masta [...]

    3. This review was first posted @ The Australian Bookshelf It has been awhile since I have given a five star rating to a novel and The Wedding Shroud is certainly worthy of this. If I wasn’t a fan of historical romance before, I certainly am now! The Wedding Shroud is a tale of early Rome and it had me hooked from the very first page.At 18 years of age, Caecilia has only ever experienced genuine love and care from one man in her life, her father. When he dies she is sent away to live with her aun [...]

    4. I hope that Elisabeth Storrs has written the sequel to The Wedding Shroud by the time I set off on my next long-haul flight. It’s always difficult to find the right book to while away the long hours: I want something not too arduous for a brain disoriented by lack of sleep and muddled time zones, but I don’t want my mind insulted by inane pap either…The Wedding Shroud is a well-written historical novel with a twist. It’s set way back in Rome’s ancient past when they were yet to become [...]

    5. The subtitle of this historical romance is “A Tale of Early Rome,” but it should also say “A Tale of the Etruscans.” I always think of the Etruscans as a mysterious people predating and then overlapping with the Romans before disappearing from history—about whom, I thought, we knew very little. Elisabeth Storrs showed me how fully their world can be imagined based on the evidence of archaeology and ancient sources. From translucent silken gowns, gold embossed mirrors, realistic paintin [...]

    6. Elisabeth Storrs first became fascinated with the mysterious Etruscan people, ancient neighbours and enemies of the city of Rome, when she saw the remarkable funerary carving that depicts a husband and wife under the same shroud. It is a picture of equality between the sexes that would never have been seen (at least as far as we know) in Rome. Driven by her fascination with this, she set about writing a novel that has as its central character a young Roman woman, Caecilia, but which is primarily [...]

    7. I wanted to like this book more than I did. Set in 406 BC, this novel told of a political marriage between an unwilling Roman girl and a noble Etruscan meant to bring peace between two cities who hate each other. The opening sentence "Her whole world was orange" grabbed me--her Roman wedding. She returns to Veii with her husband, is married in Etruscan rites but then the book lost me halfway through. She does nothing to accept her husband's culture until she's under the influence of an aphrodisi [...]

    8. I love Historical Fiction, but I am tired of the usual Tudor-Anglo-French setting.When I saw this book with a heroine centric focus set in Ancient Rome- I was exited.The plot was really engrossing and I found myself reluctant to put it down.The historical details were fascinating and it is obvious that the Author spent a lot of time in researching the background.The writing was smooth, the pace was good.However the heroine Cecelia was a ninny. It's hard to give a book 5 stars when you want to ki [...]

    9. I’m an avid reader of Historical Fiction and I was not disappointed with this fascinating story that takes in early Rome before they were the most powerful. I don’t believe I’ve read about early Rome so this was the perfect book to start with. The plot was masterfully written and the character building is inspiring. The author depicts Caecilia in a light to admire. She is a heroine I would like to read more about. I hope there will be a sequel to this fabulous story.

    10. Elisabeth Storrs resurrects the lost world of the Etruscans in her masterful novel The Wedding Shroud set in 407 B.C. Long overshadowed by the Romans, the earlier Etruscan culture of ancient Italy is brilliantly revealed through the eyes of the novel's heroine, a young Roman woman named Caecilia. The daughter of an awkward plebian and patrician union, Caecilia is used to seal a peace treaty between Rome and Veii, a nearby Etruscan city. Her scheming male relatives force her to marry Vel Mastarna [...]

    11. On one hand, this book is the type of book you read and want to know what happens next. On the other hand, this is the type of the book were the main character should be hit smacked. If she is suppose to be well read then wouldn't she be more be aware. I get her being virginal but she is a bit of a spoiled brat.Still, I did want to know what happened.

    12. I do love historical fiction and also a good romance. Club them together, add some political twists and some drama – I am sold! Cecelia has been brought up as a modest young woman – as expected from Roman women in those days. Growing up, she knew love in two forms. First from her loving father who died when she was still very young. Then she met Drusus, her cousin’s friend while living under the guardianship of her uncle. Drusus and Cecelia loved each other and wanted to get married, but h [...]

    13. ‘This is our wedding shroud’, he said, ‘Eventually it will embrace us in death.’‘The Wedding Shroud’ opens in 406 BCE, and brings to imagined life the Etruscan culture of ancient Italy. The novel’s heroine, a young Roman woman named Caecilia – the daughter of a patrician mother and a plebeian father – is married off to secure a peace treaty between Rome and Veii. Caecilia is married to Vel Mastarna, a powerful and wealthy Veientane in Rome, and then is taken to Veii where a sec [...]

    14. A beautiful, detail rich, historical fiction story that simply amazed me. I was surprised I didn't let the beginning frustrate me since I have a tendency to give up on books that have a lot of unfamiliar detail that I must learn. And boy did I learn plenty from this book. I knew nothing about the Etruscans before this book. I'm sure I was taught about the war between the Etruscan city of Veii and Rome but before this book, I'll tell you I didn't care to remember anything I previously learned. Yo [...]

    15. I was kindly given this ARC by Lake Union Publishing in return for an honest review."I am Aemilia Caeciliana. Today I am Rome. I must endure."What. A. Tale!Okay, this book in terms of the research and the depiction of the time period, it was stunning. If you ever wanted to know what the Etruscans were like, then here is a book that delves deeply in cultural practices, religion, and marital rights, etc Honestly, so many things in this book made me cringe. Not necessarily in a bad way, it's just t [...]

    16. It got me hooked from the first words in the Prologue - "Her whole world was orange" - and I couldn't put it down for a while. THE WEDDING SHROUD is a surprising page-turner , about-500-page- thick, dense with tension, emotion and sensuousness, crowded with unforgettable vivid characters: Cecilia, Mastarna, Tarchon, Marcus, Drusus, Larthia, Ulthes, Erene, Artile, Arruns, Cytheris, Tulumnes, and even dead Seianta. Elisabeth Storrs combines detailed research and remarkably talented writing in her [...]

    17. The Wedding Shroud Interesting time period. Historical details are well written and well-placed in the flow of the book. It would be difficult to get them all right no matter your pedigree and readers will always find fault or quibble with some detail. For me there were two jarring occurrences. One was the use of the word angel several times in Caecelia’s expression of worship of different deities. I realize that this word that conveys a Judeo-Christian concept to me can represent something qu [...]

    18. Elisabeth Storrs brings us life in the Etruscan times when Rome and Veii (an Etruscan city merely 12 miles away)were enemies. The heroine, Caecilia, a Roman born from a plebian father and patrician mother (back then a problem from the onset), is given in marriage to a Veii as a peace treaty of the two regions.Caecillia, having been brought up as a cloistered and extremely modest young Roman girl, is brought into a world that in every way contrasts her own. Married to Val Mastarna, a wealthy and [...]

    19. This was such a good book. It's complex yet not hard to understand, and it has amazing characters that linger on in the mind (yes, I'm thinking of Mastarna.) I fell in love a little with him, and wow, the way the book ends, you really root for this couple.I've seen some comments about Caecilia and would like to add my two cents. She's just 18 when BOOM, she's told she's being given in marriage to a man (a complete stranger, and 20 years older than her) who is the enemy of Rome! (It's some politi [...]

    20. This novel was very unusual, different to what I had imagined when I started it, but I came to really enjoy it. The author did a wonderful job in portraying the contrasts between the two cities Veii and Rome--only twelve miles apart and yet vastly different. The central character Caecilia is Roman born yet Etruscan wed and it is her altering perspectives that we as the reader are shown throughout the novel. I really liked Caecilia and therefore found myself connected to her story.The reason I fo [...]

    21. A Compelling story of Ancient Rome and the EtruscansTalk about the difficulties in arranged marriages! In The Wedding Shroud, author Elisabeth Storrs tells the story of a Roman woman, Caecilia, who is wed to a complete stranger, the Etruscan noble, Vel Marstarna, in order to cement a truce between the two nations. Caecilia has already experienced the difficulties of being the offspring of a marriage between a commoner and a patrician, never fully fitting into Roman society, when she is further t [...]

    22. I love how kindles can make a chunky, long historical fiction book manageable. yesterday i took the long flight home from spain to san francisco alone, and this book kept me company. it just drew me in right from the start. i loved how descriptive it was, so much detailyou can tell that she really spent a ton of time doing her historical research. i've seen things in museums about the etruscans, studied them a teency bit in college, but they were never really brought to life the way they were in [...]

    23. Caecelia is rather irritating but - she is a young woman, a girl, really, and I think she's fairly true to many girls of her age at marriage. Stubborn, that is. Also xenophobic, which I am sure would have been true!We know next to nothing about the Etruscans, so Ms Storrs really had a clear field and has imagined a rather attractive lifestyle with some less nice and definitely not politically correct add-ons. Rome presents as quite unpleasant; I think her heart was in Etruria from the outset!I w [...]

    24. The book started out really strong with an interesting cast of characters and an intriguing setting. The author did a good job of bringing ancient Rome and Veii to life. But around the halfway mark I found myself getting increasingly frustrated. The main character begins making bizarre choices that seemed out of character, far too much time was suddenly spent on depicting the religious rituals of the time, and the plot took a sudden turn into left field. I continued because I wanted to know what [...]

    25. First, the good things about the book. It's jam-packed with information about ancient Rome and the surrounding area. From religion, to clothing, to food, to war, and even interactions between people. I learned a lot from reading this book. Elisabeth Storrs also has a gift with weaving a story that's mesmerizing and she gives you such a strong sense of time and place. Even when I wasn't reading the book, I found myself thinking about it and the characters. She described the setting extremely well [...]

    26. I liked this book; it kept my attention about the young half blooded Roman and the decision to marry her off to an Etruscan warrior to seal the peace for Rome. I loved the young girl, but I felt there needed to be much more character development tor Vel, the King who she was to marry. I felt there was too much religious detail, though some of it helped explain certain traditions in later Christian and Roman religions that had nothing to to with the story. I am now interested in reading more Etru [...]

    27. This is a story about a young Roman woman married off to a previously married Etruscan man as a way of avoiding war between two cities. As a reluctant bride who has no choice in her future she is scared, confused, and experiences culture shock. She is forced to leave a society where women/wives know their place in society, and that place is by her husband with her mouth shut, but quickly finds out that Etruscan society is much more fair with it's treatment of women. They get a say in the househo [...]

    28. Rome and Veii - 406. B.C. Eighteen year old Caecilia, the orphaned daughter of a plebian Tribune and his patrician wife, is given in marriage by her maternal uncle and adoptive father Aemilius to Etruscan nobleman, Vel Mastarna. The political marriage is ostensibly intended to cement a shaky truce between the two warring cities. Caecilia has formed attachments to two young Roman patricians, her cousin Marcus and his best friend Drusus; she feels no attraction to Mastarna, a battle scarred enemy [...]

    29. Wow. What a fascinating time period to read about. This historical fiction novel takes place in 406 BC in the ancient civilization of Veii. I would like to do more research about the Etruscan people as it was very interesting! This civilization was quite powerful and more advanced than their neighbor Rome, which was just 12 miles away. The unusual thing about this society was their apparent equality among men and women. Women were encouraged to help in business, attend meetings and social events [...]

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