The Sword and the Throne

The Sword and the Throne

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AD 69. Aulus Caecina Severus has thrown in his lot with the hedonistic Vitellius and prepares his legions for a gruelling march over the Alps. Driven by the desire to repay the treachery of his former patron, the Emperor Galba, and to keep his rival Valens in check, Severus leads his army against barbarian rebellions and against the mountains themselves in his race to reach Italy first. With the vast Po valley almost in sight, news reaches the army that Galba has been killed in a coup, and that Otho has been declared Emperor by the Praetorians who he had bribed to murder their own emperor. But there is no turning back for Severus, even if he wanted to. The Rhine legions want their man on the throne, and they won't stop until they reach Rome itself. Even once Otho is defeated, the battle for supremacy between Severus and Valens is far from over. The politics of the court and the mob is the new battleground, and Severus needs the help of his wife Salonina and his freedman Totavalas in this constant game of thrones. When stories spread of a new power in the east, Severus has to decide where his real loyalty lies: to his Emperor, to his city or to himself?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 163 x 240 x 31mm | 590g
  • BANTAM PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B & W map
  • 059306853X
  • 9780593068533
  • 1,340,435

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AD 69. Aulus Caecina Severus has thrown in his lot – and his legions – with the luxury-loving would-be emperor Vitellius.



Driven by both the desire for revenge against his treacherous former patron, the Emperor Galba, and to keep his rival Valens in check, Severus leads his army first against the barbarian rebellions and then to the Alps themselves in his race to reach Italy. With the Po valley almost in sight, news reaches him that Galba has been killed in a coup, and that Otho has been declared Emperor by the Praetorians who had been bribed to murder his predecessor.



Now there is no turning back for Severus, even if he wanted to. The Rhine legions want their man on the throne, and they wonÂ’t stop until they reach Rome itself. The struggle for supremacy is bitter and bloody. The politics of the court and the mob is the new battleground, and Severus needs the help of those closest to him if he is to win this game of thrones . . .



Then stories spread of a new power rising in the east and Severus must decide where his loyalty really lies. Is it to his Emperor, to his city – or to himself?



Recounted through the eyes of one of the major players, The Sword and the Throne concludes the brutal story of the brief but pivotal moment in Roman history known as The Year of the Four Emperors.
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About Henry Venmore-Rowland

Henry Venmore-Rowland was born and bred in rural Suffolk. Aside from the occasional family holiday, often to Italy, his only escape from school and village life was in the pages of historical fiction. His fascination with military and political history, the kings and battles approach, somehow got him into Oxford to read Ancient & Modern History at St. John's College. After dedicating so much time to reading grand tales of epic wars and political intrigue, he was inspired to write his first novel, the acclaimed The Last Caesar. He lives in London.
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