Render Unto Caesar #2020

Render Unto Caesar By Gillian Bradshaw Render Unto Caesar Hermogenes is a young Greek from Alexandria heir to a noble and vibrant society But in his youth Hermogenes and his family were held captive to the whims of the queen Cleopatra whose machinations sp
  • Title: Render Unto Caesar
  • Author: Gillian Bradshaw
  • ISBN: 9780765306548
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • Render Unto Caesar By Gillian Bradshaw Hermogenes is a young Greek from Alexandria, heir to a noble and vibrant society But in his youth Hermogenes and his family were held captive to the whims of the queen Cleopatra, whose machinations spelled doom for an entire nation whose schemes for empire caused the might of Rome to conquer his people While the citizens of Rome may ape Hellenic ways, the Alexandrian GrHermogenes is a young Greek from Alexandria, heir to a noble and vibrant society But in his youth Hermogenes and his family were held captive to the whims of the queen Cleopatra, whose machinations spelled doom for an entire nation whose schemes for empire caused the might of Rome to conquer his people While the citizens of Rome may ape Hellenic ways, the Alexandrian Greeks are viewed as less than human because they are not of Rome.But a man may win the coveted citizenship in ways than birth on Roman soil When Hermogenes father is granted such a boon, it appears as if his family has found favor from the gods except then a business deal goes sour and Hermogenes father dies at sea It is left to Hermogenes to reclaim all monies owed to the family including a debt from a very well connected Roman consul who has reneged on his obligations and refuses to deal with Greek trash Hermogenes will travel to Rome to reclaim what he is owed and finds it is no simple matter Along the way, he will encounter base desire and power struggles, plots within plots and a beautiful woman gladiator who is than she seems His life is in danger, and ultimately Hermogenes is left with the question Can the conferring of a title make one truly Roman And if not, how far will a man go to satisfy honor
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    1. Gillian Bradshaw

      Born in Arlington, Virgina, Gillian Bradshaw grew up in Washington, Santiago, Chile and Michigan She is a Classics graduate from Newnham College, Cambridge, and published her first novel, Hawk of May, just before her final term A highly acclaimed historical novelist, Gillian Bradshaw has won the Hopwood Award for Fiction, among other prizes She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their four children.


    1. I struggled with this one for a long time Much as I ve enjoyed other books by Gillian Bradshaw I think I gave Island of Ghosts 5 5 stars , this one really didn t work for me It s easy enough to read, and the research and detail seems as solid as I ve come to expect from Bradshaw, but I just didn t enjoy myself I didn t get involved with the characters or plot, which is too bad considering it involves figures like a female gladiator.I kept putting it aside for when I felt like it, but months hav [...]

    2. This is probably my favourite of Gillian Bradshaw s books the other contender is The Sand Reckoner , a story of a decent man who won t lie down and submit to bullying I Can t think of a single book she has written that has disappointed me.

    3. Set in Augustan Rome, Render Unto Caesar is the story of Hermogenes, a merchant from Alexandra, who travels to the capital to recover a debt owed to his late father, only to find himself ensnared in the financial machinations of Vedius Pollio, the fabulously rich plutocrat, notorious for feeding unsatisfactory slaves to the lampreys in his pond Refusing to be intimidated by Pollio who seeks to brush him aside as an impudent barbarian, Hermogenes, politely persists with his requests until he find [...]

    4. Entretenida novela historica La ambientacion me parecio buena pero el personaje poco creible, menos aun mientras avanzaba la obra, pero no puedo negar que la disfrute, asi que diria que el balance es positivo.

    5. I hate to make this point since it will sound sexist no matter how I word it but this book was obviously authored by a woman The man was completely unrelatable to his sex Too mushy, too overly concerned about every damn characters feelings, too observant and so introspective that it was just utterly utterly obviously contrived by a woman The plot was actually good but how many times do we have to watch our supposed hero get beat up His fighting is all with his words Oh wow great I hate it Someon [...]

    6. Gillian Bradshaw is an underrated historical fiction writer I have read most of her books I m still working on the rest of them , and she does an excellent job integrating a compelling plot with interesting characters set in a historical time period She does especially well with the Roman Empire, where many of her books take place.In this particular book, we learn much about the intrigues surrounding the Roman Empire and the relationship between Rome and her colonies as a result of an Egyptian m [...]

    7. Oh God I stayed up far, far too late reading this But it was worth it.This pushes a button for me That button is the hero who gets in so over his head, knows it, and grits his teeth and does his damnedest And is awesome Bonus points for people around him thinking he s a total BAMF, and his response being, omgwtf I am so not the droid you are looking for See also Season 1 John Sheppard, and whatsherface in Naamah s Curse.While this doesn t pass Bechdel on screen there s a referenced conversation [...]

    8. OK, so it s kind of a thriller, not so much a whodunnit but a whydhedoit So, I guess it is a genre book after all And there is a romance component, so, boom, another genre But Bradshaw really excels at bringing the setting the late part of Augustus s reign to life she had a way of adding texture to every scene, so you get an image of what Rome must have smelled and sounded like as well as the rest of it If you like Lindsey Davis s or Seven Saylor s Roman mysteries, this is a no brainer if you ar [...]

    9. Plot 9 unique and constantly shifting with uncertain ending Characters 8 likable and sometimes truly special Accuracy 8 superb research is significantly impacted by modern ideals I really liked this book The book is basically a combination of two things a slice of life story about everyday life in Rome and the relations between different social units master slave, Greek Roman and a political thriller about a man trying to claim his money from a powerful Roman and survive doing so Neither one hav [...]

    10. What a wonderful, satisfying book I decided to read this book on a whim while bouncing around the Kindle store because I had read Gillian Bradshaw s work before I m so glad I picked this one up I flew through it Not only does Ms Bradshaw succeed again in pumping life into the ordinary lives of ordinary people but she has a knack for bringing ancient Rome to life However, what I really enjoyed was how she developed the differences between Romans and Alexandrian Greeks cultural, philosophical etc [...]

    11. Oh dear This book just irritated me A reasonable plot dragged down by poor writing and an absurd characterisation of the main protagonist His excessive concern for every porter and slave he met was unrealistic even By modern standards, let alone Ancient Rome The romance near the end was just silly This is my sixth Bradshaw novel maybe I ve read too many in a row but she fails each time to make me feel really immersed in whatever era she is writing about The attention to historical detail is thor [...]

    12. Bradshaw s latest tome leaves the impression that it was cranked out in a hurry, a pale shadow of her previous books It tells the story of Hermogenes, a moneylender from Alexandria who comes to Rome to collect a bad debt from a high up Roman As always, it asks question about identity, about an outsider fitting in Hermogenes is a Roman citizen and idealises Roman justice, but to many of the rich, powerful Romans he meets he is beneath contempt as a Greekling , whose demands can safely be ignored [...]

    13. Young ish Greek man visits Rome gets tangled up in politics and plots makes vehement speeches about citizenship, slavery, honor meets brash female gladiator falls in lust love writes many sad face letters to his daughter returns home.Gave it three stars, because it s terribly engaging, but it s not very good so feel as tho I am being dishonest Hermogenes is just too freaking perfect He s clever, he s brave, he s rich, he s forthright and honest His slaves love him Other peoples slaves love him H [...]

    14. In Render Unto Caesar, author Gillian Bradshaw delves into the heart of Rome with its sinister underbelly circa the early years of empire The story follows a young Greek businessman intent on collecting a debt Encountering troubles of all kinds, he must discern who to trust even among those in high office He retains a likeable equanimity in spite of alarming incidents, revealing to the reader a character of high ethical standards and above average intelligence in grappling with powers much great [...]

    15. It s just hard to get people excited about the adventures of an Alexandrian money lender in Ancient Rome Which is a crime, because this is a wonderful book And, like someone says in it, it s not really about money money is just the excuse for the fight It s an engrossing adventure tale, filled with lovely characters It s nice, sometimes, to just read about decent people I don t buy into the whole mindset that in order to be the protagonist of a book you have to have big, dark, inner demons Inter [...]

    16. Around the middle of Augustus reign, a young Alexandrian businessman, Hermogenes, comes to Rome to collect on a debt an important Roman owes his uncle The Roman is determined not to pay and is actually insulted that a foreigner would try to get money from him When Hermogenes is set upon and nearly killed, he s saved by a former female gladiator yes, there were such people She becomes his bodyguard as he tries various ways to get the money It s a very interesting story and an important background [...]

    17. Los ciudadanos son todos iguales, pero unos m s iguales que otros.G nero Novela Hist rica.Lo que nos cuenta H rmogenes, ciudadano romano residente en Alejandr a, viaja a Roma para reclamar una deuda bastante considerable y que forma parte de la herencia que recibi de su padre El problema es que el deudor es c nsul, general y amigo personal del emperador Augusto Quiere saber m s del libro, sin spoilers Visite librosdeolethros

    18. Appealing and interesting characters together with a rich representation of historical Rome complemented a relatively simple and straightforward plot.Events unfold at a measured place The actual storyline is quite simple, the richness of the book comes from the author s characters and successful evoking of 16 B.C Rome.

    19. How irritating it must have been when this young Alexandrian Greek turns up in Rome and expects Romans to behave honourably.Quite an early period so Rome is not the impressive city it became Fairly squalid and without proper walls, although it had some impressive bits.Good, quite fast moving story with some interesting romantic interests

    20. This novel had interesting historical details how Romans perceived Greeks, their insecurities, politics, and complex relationships with slaves I didn t like the story itself as much as usual for a Bradshaw book The romance between two of the characters seemed a bit over the top for me But overall it was a very enjoyable read.

    21. I usually like Gillian Bradshaw s books, but I couldn t get into this one Perhaps because I have so many other things going on Perhaps because I couldn t identify with the main character, an Egyptian Greek named Hermogenes He is in Rome to try to reclaim a debt never paid to his father or uncle I ll get another of her books soon The author is very good.

    22. I really enjoyed reading this historical fiction a lot because I knew the context really well see my history degree is good for something It did have some language periodically and a lot on one page , it was fairly easy to skip ignore though Overall, I d recommend it.

    23. A strong start to the book but not a strong finish Loved the historical look at Rome in 16 B.C and the main character, Hermogenes But the interactions and discussions with his slaves and slaves of his host in Rome was distracting and, unfortunately, not believable.

    24. I know I will always enjoy any historical fiction set in antiquity, so that was a no brainer I thought the author did a nice job of accurately depicting the early Roman empire, but the plot wasn t quite as riveting as I was hoping I enjoyed it, but it wasn t my favorite.

    25. This was another great read from Bradshaw Her characters had depth and her plot had enough twists to make it a page turner Excellent

    26. This book kept my attention A female gladiator Loved it The plot twists, the cleverness, and the political battles were exciting and well written.

    27. Good story, but injection of modern sensibilities got in the way of authenticity of the period and believability of the characters.

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