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The Wedding Shroud: A Tale of Ancient Rome Paperback – February 15, 2013


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 570 pages
  • Publisher: Cornelian Press; 2 edition (February 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987340700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987340702
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,616,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"WOW! I think this is the best book I've read in the SWBA." Judge's Comments - Sharp Writ Book Awards

"Elisabeth Storrs gives us a complex heroine, grappling with issues of spirituality and culture in ways that are non-cliché and refreshing."
Elizabeth Jane, Historical Novels Review


"The fear of death but the zest to live - Elisabeth Storrs skillfully recreates the dilemma of a young woman torn between two of Italy's ancient cultures."
Isolde Martyn, Author of The Maiden and the Unicorn


"Storrs should be proud of herself for this gem of a book." Ben Kane, Author of The Forgotten Legion

About the Author

Elisabeth Storrs has long had a passion for the history, myths and legends of the ancient world. She graduated from Sydney University in Arts Law, having studied Classics. Her curiosity piqued by an Etruscan sarcophagus depicting a couple embracing for eternity, she discovered the little known story of the struggle between Etruscan Veii and Republican Rome and the inspiration to write her Tales of Ancient Rome series. Elisabeth lives with her husband and two sons in Sydney and over the years has worked as a solicitor, corporate lawyer, governance consultant and business writer. The Wedding Shroud was judged runner-up in the 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards for general fiction. Elisabeth's next book in the series, The Golden Dice, is now available.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judith Starkston on March 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
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 paintings, delicious spiced banquets, and gracious, brilliantly colored houses, the Etruscans lived in a style dramatically different from their boorish neighbors twelve miles away in Rome (this is early Rome, remember). The equality with which women are treated, the luxurious sensuality and celebration of life, including in the realm of sexuality, set off the Etruscan city of Veii from Rome's original identity as a place of modest, subservient women and tough, warrior men living plain, frugal lives. Certainly later Romans rarely lived up to their nostalgic model--it's not much fun as a lifestyle and when the Romans conquered most of the world they chose to live a grander, more decadent life. To some extent Storrs shows they weren't following their own righteous values even at this early stage. The contrast between the two cultures holds center place in this book about a marriage between a Roman girl and an older nobleman of Veii, Mastarna, a marriage arranged to seal a treaty between the two cities and viewed by the Romans as a horrible thing for the Roman girl, Caecilia.

Caecilia suffers from a severe case of culture shock when she arrives at her husband's home in Veii. All this decadent, sexually loose behavior causes the young woman to cling to her Roman ways for fear of giving in to this sinful life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Piratesarecute22 on April 13, 2013
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There are historical romances and then there are ancient-historical romances. The Wedding Shroud: A Tale of Ancient Rome by Elisabeth Storrs is in the later category. It follows the story of a Roman girl and an Etruscan nobleman in BC times.
Now, I like historical romances as well as the next romance-lover, but I have never read a book that took place in ancient times. That being said, I don't regret it one bit. Elisabeth Storrs obviously did her research and delved into the details of daily life in ancient Rome.
Caecilia, a young Roman woman is wed to Mastarna, an Etruscan who lives in Veii, as part of a treaty. The Roman woman struggles to adjust to leaving her pious city of Rome to live in a city where debauchery is the norm and she is an outcast. Caecilia is a young woman with insecurities, she has issues adjusting to the city of Veii, but I think she shows character in slowly adjusting to the culture.
Storrs obviously did her research into the lives of ancient Romans. The descriptions are vivid, making you feel like you are in an Etruscan city. There were some disturbing parts for me such as the barbaric sacrifices, but it wasn't anything I haven't heard in history classes, and it truly helps the story.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to historical romance lovers. There is one thing that could be somewhat distracting to the enjoyment of this book: the use of ancient terms. There is a glossary at the end of the book and for the most part you can figure out the meaning of the words within the sentence, but to some it could be a distracting. However, if you can get past that, love a story rich in details, heartbreak and love, this is a great book for you. I will definitely not be shying away from ancient romances anymore!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Cotton on April 6, 2013
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Engaging book, full of suspense, and believable characters. It's a definite must read and I can't wait for the sequel.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Weir on August 13, 2013
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This Book maybe OK for the female reader, but not for me a male reader of Roman History or fiction. It's 500 plus pages is not for me.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K S Cook on April 29, 2013
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This story had the makings of being an exceptional book. Starting out sad with a forced marriage to a man far from her land the bride grew-up in only to find herself fighting with her own family demons. I just kept finding much of the story left me feeling like something was missing....after it ended I was sort of relieved but still wondering how she was going to achieve her mission in life....To be a woman to bring her people together???
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