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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stella Duffy Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Roman historian Procopius publicly praised Theodora of Constantinople for her piety—while secretly detailing her salacious stage act and maligning her as ruthless and power hungry. So who was this woman who rose from humble beginnings as a dancer to become the empress of Rome and a saint in the Orthodox Church? Award-winning novelist Stella Duffy vividly recreates the life and times of a woman who left her mark on one of the ancient world’s most powerful empires. Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore is a sexy, captivating novel that resurrects an extraordinary, little-known figure from the dusty pages of history.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Holly | 2/16/2014

    " Historical fiction? Theodora was a figure who I knew nothing about who rose to prominence in Constantinopale, first as an actress, accompanying that role as a whore, and then through penitence, became suitable to be married and became the empress. It's a fascinating story of a person but more a period of time when things were so changeable. The writing isn't always enthralling but the story that's told truly is captivating as is the main character. The era this book is set in is so different than today and to read a story of a woman navigating through the times, on her own more or less, dictated more by the times rather than her own will, is truly amazing. Theodora is an enlightened character whose sheer will and personality drove her further than most women of her era. It was delightful to learn of her and read about her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Isabel Vazquez | 2/14/2014

    " The show must go on for Theodora of Constantinople. She was an Actress, Empress, Whore. Her story must be told, and Stella Duffy made it come to life in this compelling novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 2/13/2014

    " I know I've read good historical fiction when I want to find out more. And Now I want to read more about Theodora! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tara | 2/11/2014

    " It took me a little while to really enjoy this novel, but after about 100 pages it just clicked with me and from then on I loved it. Duffy has quite a detached narrative style, but then a character like Theodora, who rises from poverty to empress, would have to be a tough cookie. I found myself warming to her spirit and intelligence over time rather than being manipulated emotionally by a Cinderella story. I have no idea how historically accurate it is, but it certainly made the ancient Roman empire alive for me. "

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