THE SECRET HISTORY
A Novel of Empress Theodora

By Stephanie Thornton
New American LibraryJuly 2013
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Trade Paperback448 pages, $15.00, ISBN: 9780451417787
Subject: Women's Lives / Social Issues / Family

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

“Stephanie Thornton’s Theodora is tough and intelligent, spitting defiance against the cruel world of the Byzantine Empire. Her rise from street urchin to emperor’s consort made me want to stand up and cheer. Her later years as empress are great fun to read, but it was her early struggle as actress and courtesan that really had me roaring: either with rage at the misfortunes heaped on this poor girl, or with delight as she once more picked herself up with a steely glint in her eye and kept on going.”Kate Quinn, author of Empress of the Seven Hills



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