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The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora by [Stephanie Thornton]

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The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora Kindle Edition

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"Stephanie Thornton's Theodora is tough and intelligent, spittingdefiance against the cruel world of the Byzantine Empire. Her rise fromstreet urchin to emperor's consort made me want to stand up and cheer. Her earlystruggle as actress and courtesan really had me roaring: eitherwith rage at the misfortunes heaped on this poor girl, or with delightas she once more picked herself up with a steely glint in her eye andkept on going."--Kate Quinn, author of Empress of the Seven Hills

"Loss, ambition and lust keep this rich story moving at top speed.Stephanie Thornton writes a remarkable first novel that brings a littleknown woman to full, vibrant life...A sprawling and irresistiblestory."--Jeane Westin, author of
The Spymaster's Daughter

"Afascinating and vivid account; in The Secret History, the life ofEmpress Theodora leaps from the page, as colorful and complex as thewoman herself."--Michelle Diener, author of
The Emperor's Conspiracy

"If thereis one book you choose to read on ancient times, let it be The SecretHistory. Theodora is a true Byzantine icon, and her story is a timelessinspiration that needs to be heard."
--Historical Novel Society

"WhileEmpress Theodora's story unfolds in whatis today modern Turkey, one could borrow from the cowboy vernacular andsay that Thornton's well-conceived and engrossing tale exalts ahistorical figure of "true grit."
"--Library Journal Review

"This story tore out my heart and taped it back together just to tear it to sheds at the end. But I loved it! Ireally love that the book includes not only a note from the author about Theodora, but also a Reader's Guide so it is ready for any book clubto use!" --Night Owl Reviews

About the Author

Stephanie Marie Thornton is a high school history teacher and lives in Alaska with her husband and daughter.

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B009KUWVHG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (July 2, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 2, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1384 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 445 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 596 ratings

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Stephanie Thornton is a writer and history teacher who has been obsessed with women from history since she was twelve. She is the author of seven novels and lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska. Visit her website at

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