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Theodora: Empress, Actress, and Whore

Stella Duffy introduces us to the world of Theodora: Empress, Actress, and Whore.  She takes us back into the world of 527 AD when the Byzantine Empire was no place for a lady. It is in this novel we watch the rise of young Theodora as she raises her status from whore to empress. 

At a very early age Theodora learns to seduce the stage, the wants of men, and  rises above the ranks.  She  has “had always been drawn to exactly that she was warned against.” It is through her adventurous risks that she learns to become a woman of strength.

It is in this novel you are introduced to a strong lead of female characters all striving to survive in a mans world on their own terms. All risk-takers unwilling to let go of their beliefs and enjoy the rise to a challenge thrown their way.

It is in this  seductive historical fiction which serves up the stage and more with the drama worthy for a king. Let Theodora charm you with her cunning-wit, irresistible appetite, and adventurous spirit. She is full of surprises – you never know you may even learn a trick from her trade!

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Is there a strong female lead in a historical fiction novel that you love? Do you think history teaches us the only way to live is by our own rules?

This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga

8 replies

  1. The story is interesting. Though I haven’t read all of it. I guess I should start reading the rest of the book, after reading this post :).
    Thanks for the encouragement.

  2. No, I think history teaches us that there all kinds and conditions of men and women. Different eras had different mores and it is unfair to judge the people of Theodora’s time, or any other, by the ethical values we have in place now. Society evolves over time, although we seem to do it with three steps forward and two steps back, or even sometimes two steps forward and three steps back.

    Nancy
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