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Cleopatra's Heir

av Gillian Bradshaw

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The might and power of Julius Caesar, the man who conquered the known world. The beauty of Cleopatra, the woman who conquered the conqueror. Together they could have forged an empire whose power had never been seen before. Tragically, it was not meant to be. But what of the son who was born of their passion? Gillian Bradshaw gives us a possible answer inCleopatra's Heir, a riveting historical novel drawn from meticulous research and a unique historical premise. The young son of Julius Caesar and the fabled Cleopatra, Caesarion was seen by some as the hope of the marriage between Rome and Egypt, by others as the folly of a commander's lust for a wanton foreign schemer. For the new Roman ruler, Octavius, Caesarion is the threat that could topple his dreams of a safe and peaceful Roman Empire. The brutal truth is that Caesarion could not be allowed to live. But what if he somehow managed to survive the inevitable assassination and went underground to hide his identity? How would he find a way to live when he has always chosen and honor, even though his life has been shadowed by forces greater than anyone should have to cope with? Caesarion will travel the lands that he thinks he knows so well only to discover that he knew his people not at all. And only after that discovery, when he loses it all and is forced to confront his humanity, will Caesarion finally come to know friendship, honesty, and love. And the essential truth that a man can be noble and true, bereft of land, titles . . . and even a name.… (mer)
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Grand fun - I couldn't put it down & stayed up to 2 AM to finish it. I don't read straight through a book very often, but this one had me glued to my seat.

Our hero is Cleopatra's son, trying to sort out what to do after his mother's downfall. He has to keep his identity a secret. I got to wondering if this story wasn't even intended as a kind of Gnostic allegory. Our hero is trying to figure out who is really is himself, apart from what others have made him out to be.

Yeah it could be a Jane Austen story too... happily married ever after, but the road to happiness has many twists and turns!

I'm a bit of a hat freak. Our hero gets a few nice Greek hats. I wonder what those looked like! Anyway, lots of nice descriptions of the local scenery, from caravanserai to imperial palaces. ( )
1 rösta kukulaj | Sep 30, 2018 |
A historical novel about Caesarion, the son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, after the Battle of Actium. Well-written and plausible (although he was almost certainly executed by Octavian instead of being allowed to live). Recommended.
  Maddz | Oct 4, 2017 |
I'm sure like many others, I was fascinated with Cleopatra and ancient Egypt.

I had finished reading the book and read the author's comments in the end. I didn't appreciate the comments the author had made in regards to Cleopatra. Sure, Cleopatra was controversial and in the eyes of many, she might not have been the best ruler, but she certainly wasn't such an atrocious or completely destructive person as propaganda and her enemies paint her as. Honestly, if she was a man, would people be so harsh to criticise her and her ideas? We may never know, who she truly was but there was no need to treat her so harshly in the book, which you can catch glimpses of that throughout the book whenever Cleopatra was mentioned.

I had always wondered what happened to the children of Cleopatra. This book told of one possibility, had Caesarion managed to survive assassins and betrayals. OK, I'll buy that he may have been epileptic, although I think it was used way too many times in the book to make us sympathize with them more and maybe forgive him for certain actions. For a while, he acted like the spoiled and arrogant child king that he likely would have been. I did enjoy how he learned respect and humility while in the debt and care of Ani and his family.

The whole interview (or interrogation) Caesarion had with Octavian seemed to stretch the imagination a little too much, given everything Octavian did to ensure that people question Caesarion's paternity and no male heirs of his enemies remained unscathed. So to expect that he would simply agree to Caesarion signing his name away and letting him walk out into Egypt is totally unlikely and too far stretched for it to believable. After all, if Caesarion lived another day, he can easily raise up an army in his name and try to reclaim Egypt in the name of his ancestors .

Also, to just waltz right into Alexandria completely unnoticed during Roman occupation and with Caesarion's statues everywhere...well how come no one else recognized Caesarion? It seems highly likely that he would have been recognized sooner rather than later and possibly by people who would be more than willing to turn him in for money or to be on the good graces of the Romans. ( )
  Dream24 | Jan 6, 2016 |
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The might and power of Julius Caesar, the man who conquered the known world. The beauty of Cleopatra, the woman who conquered the conqueror. Together they could have forged an empire whose power had never been seen before. Tragically, it was not meant to be. But what of the son who was born of their passion? Gillian Bradshaw gives us a possible answer inCleopatra's Heir, a riveting historical novel drawn from meticulous research and a unique historical premise. The young son of Julius Caesar and the fabled Cleopatra, Caesarion was seen by some as the hope of the marriage between Rome and Egypt, by others as the folly of a commander's lust for a wanton foreign schemer. For the new Roman ruler, Octavius, Caesarion is the threat that could topple his dreams of a safe and peaceful Roman Empire. The brutal truth is that Caesarion could not be allowed to live. But what if he somehow managed to survive the inevitable assassination and went underground to hide his identity? How would he find a way to live when he has always chosen and honor, even though his life has been shadowed by forces greater than anyone should have to cope with? Caesarion will travel the lands that he thinks he knows so well only to discover that he knew his people not at all. And only after that discovery, when he loses it all and is forced to confront his humanity, will Caesarion finally come to know friendship, honesty, and love. And the essential truth that a man can be noble and true, bereft of land, titles . . . and even a name.

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