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The first of the Roman Emperors and one of a series of books by the author on important Romans. Written in the first person by the man himself, it illustrates his extraordinary ambition, his incredible rise to power and the manipulation, duplicity, cruelty and double-dealing of the period. Accessible and written in a colloquial language, it is an interesting work, not in my mind great but certainly well worth trying.
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Augustus was the founder of the Roman Empire, adopted son of Julius Caesar, friend and later foe of Mark Antony, patron of Horace and Virgil. Frank and forceful, this putative autobiography tells his story from the assassination of Caesar, through his military, political and personal struggles to his final days as Emperor in everything but name.
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1796: To defend Cornwall and those he loves from an empowered George, Ross must learn to play the political game on a journey that takes him to the nation's capital and into new perils. While Demelza manages the Poldark’s affairs at home, Elizabeth moves to further secure her marriage. Drake struggles in resigning Morwenna to life with Osborne and the Enyses are tested as never before. Prime Minister Pitt calls an election and uncertainty grips the country. While Ross watches Cornwall suffer under the power of Truro’s MP, George Warleggan, Demelza’s infidelity leaves her strained between her husband and a lovesick Hugh, who is set to rival George in the upcoming election. The Enyses contemplate having a child and Elizabeth seeks the same to secure her marriage. Meanwhile, Morwenna uses Osborne’s affair with her sister Rowella to keep the reverend’s advances at bay and Demelza seeks to reconcile rival local Lords Falmouth and Basset.
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Augustus Press Reviews
'He makes Augustus credible as a man: wily, ruthless, shrewd, generous, admirable' Andrew Sinclair, The Times
'A flawed, doubting, powerful man rises from the pages of history and imagination.' Douglas Dunn, Herald
'A great achievement' Joseph Farrell, Scotsman
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