On Sale: March 7, 2017
Featuring: Agrippina; Nero
Hardcover / e-Book
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The New York Times bestselling and legendary
author of Helen of Troy and Elizabeth I now
turns her gaze on Emperor Nero, one of the most notorious
and misunderstood figures in history.
Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius
Caesar’s imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next
person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one
is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman—or child.
As a boy, Nero’s royal heritage becomes a threat to his very
life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown
him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own
son’s inheritance. Faced with shocking acts of treachery,
young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: it is better to be cruel
While Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic principles of
Greece, his very survival rests on his ability to navigate
the sea of vipers that is Rome. The most lethal of all is
his own mother, a cold-blooded woman whose singular goal is
to control the empire. With cunning and poison, the
obstacles fall one by one. But as Agrippina’s machinations
earn her son a title he is both tempted and terrified to
assume, Nero’s determination to escape her thrall will shape
him into the man he was fated to become—an Emperor who
With impeccable research and captivating prose, The
Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy’s
ruthless ascension to the throne. Detailing his journey from
innocent youth to infamous ruler, it is an epic tale of the
lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power
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