Posted in Ancient Egypt First Line Friday

First Line Friday: 3/17/2017

“While we waited for the news to arrive, we played dice.” CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER by Michelle Moran “The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. When the lovers choose to die by their own hands, their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two–the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander–survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. Recounted in Selene’s youthful and engaging voice, Moran introduces a compelling cast of historical characters: Octavia, the emperor Octavian’s kind and compassionate…

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Posted in Ancient Egypt Reviews

review: Nefertiti

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran Sisters Nefertiti and Mutnodjmet of Egypt have a relationship similar to that of another famous pair: Anne and Mary Boleyn. Nefertiti, calculating and ambitious, becomes the chief wife of the young and impetuous pharaoh Akhenaten, while ‘Mutny’ stands in the shadows and plays handmaiden to her sister. As she approaches marriageable age, Mutny begins to resent her position and is wary of the new religion that Akenaten is forcing on the people of Egypt. She begins mapping a life away from court, though her sister continues to yield great power over her. Egyptian history has never really intrigued me as European history has, but I found this novel to be quite an interesting read. The way of life is so foreign,…

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review: Madame Tussaud

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran Chronicling the famous wax figure maker’s years in France during the French Revolution, this novel gives a panoramic view of the Reign of Terror from a unique perspective. Marie Grosholtz had been primed from a young age to take over the family business–an entertainment enterprise based on life-like figures of famous and infamous people. This attraction drew crowds because for some it was the only way they could see the royal family, but later displayed the latest news from the influential men and women of the newly established government–in a much more realistic manner than the politically charged articles in circulation. During the early 1790?s, with news coming in daily, Marie worked tirelessly to display new tableaux depicting the changing…

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