The Wedding Shroud

The Wedding Shroud

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"All the drama and sensuality expected of an historical romance, plus a sensitivity to the realities of life in a very different time and world..." --Ursula K. Le Guin

In 406 BC, to seal a tenuous truce, the young Roman Caecilia is wedded to Vel Mastarna, an Etruscan nobleman from Veii. Leaving her militaristic homeland, Caecilia is determined to remain true to Roman virtues while living among the sinful Etruscans. But, despite her best intentions, she is seduced by a culture that offers women education, independence, sexual freedom, and an empowering religion.

Enchanted by Veii but terrified of losing ties to Rome, Caecilia performs rites to delay becoming a mother, thereby postponing true entanglement. Yet as she develops an unexpected love for Mastarna, she's torn between her birthplace and the city in which she now lives. As war looms, Caecilia discovers Fate is not so easy to control, and she must choose where her allegiance lies.

The Wedding Shroud is the first book in the Tales of Ancient Rome saga. Subsequent books in the series include The Golden Dice and Call to Juno.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 35.56mm | 566.99g
  • Lake Union Publishing
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • 1477828559
  • 9781477828557
  • 754,717

Review quote

"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

"Elisabeth Storrs's Tales of Ancient Rome series should really be called Tales of Ancient Veii, as it brings the Etruscan town to life. Thank you, Elisabeth, for giving a voice to some of the most intriguing pieces of the Museum of Veii." --Iefke van Kampen, director, Museo dell'Agro Veientano, Formello (Rome)
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1,874 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 24% (459)
4 35% (665)
3 27% (505)
2 9% (174)
1 4% (71)
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