(From the publisher):
This superb historical novel by the author of Pavane
recreates, in the story of one man, the whole experience of the Roman Empire in its death-throes. Written with wit, imagination, pace and great descriptive talent, it recalls for the modern reader an age of violence and disintegration when the old values of Imperial Rome were under attack on all sides, from without by waves of Goths and Vandals and from within by the followers of a fanatical new Eastern sect who worshipped the Christos.
Born in the reign of Theodosius the Great of a Celtic mother and an embittered Roman intellectual, Sergius Paullus is from his early childhood riven by contradictions which reflect the troubled spirit of his times. Generous-spirited yet foolhardy, he is drawn into a series of escapades in Hispania, Rome and Gaul. Eventually he is sent to Britannia, armed with pitifully few troops and charged with galvanizing British resistance to the invaders. How Sergius comes to lead this epic but doomed resistance makes a tremendous climax to this historical novel.
Original title: The Boat of Fate
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Rome