To Abandon Rome: AD 593
by Vann Turner
A wife snatched from him by his banishment. Another woman who loves him. A rage he keeps caged until the moment comes to release it.
This is the story of Titus Tribonius, former Chief Jurist for Roman Matters in the Lombard Kingdom, reduced to baking clay and lime in furnaces, then elevated to Consul with Plenary Powers.
The Pope assigns him a task--defeat the Lombard King besieging Rome.
To confront the King who stripped him of everything he knew and loved? That King?!
His need is a personal one--somehow survive it with the woman he loves.
To Abandon Rome is a literary novel of drama, passion and depth. It combines tears with shouts of joy and suggests a closer look into the nature of things.The Prologue of To Abandon Rome :
Agents of the Lombard King intercepted this letter in April, 593.
From Stola to Titus, her wedded husband.
You will have difficulty in reading this, beloved. I apologize. I cannot dictate it, but must write it the best I can myself.
First, I pray Lucius can deliver this letter into your hands. I also pray he finds you well in the great City. Are you still laboring with clay and lime and furnaces? I hope that is not the case. If he manages to return I will pry from him all the particulars of your life there.
I must unveil two losses, one widely known, the other veiled in shame. First, our loyal overseer, Demetrius, took to his bed at the end of winter and never arose again. He now awaits the Resurrection on the hill next to your brother.
To utter the second shreds my heart. You carried me into your home a chaste maiden, though perhaps now you ought to return me to my father's house a soiled woman.
I have been defiled, Titus.
No one on the estate knows except my maid and Anna the healer. I had her concoct herbs so that I might not humiliate you by bearing a bastard in your absence.
It was Ratold, our Duke. He forced himself into me.
I am so sorry. I am ashamed.
Send word back with Lucius whether I should stay or return to my father's house. Again, I am so ashamed.
I will obey you in all things, husband.
© 2017 by Vann Turner
There are no sex scenes. None. But there is physical attraction and building sexual tension.
To Abandon Rome is intended for adult readers, not children: There are two reports of rape and extreme violence in the climatic chapter.
324 pages (paperback), 85,000 words.
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