Throne of the Caesars: Blood and Steel PDF/EPUB ☆

Throne of the Caesars: Blood and Steel PDF/EPUB ☆

Throne of the Caesars: Blood and Steel [PDF] ✩ Throne of the Caesars: Blood and Steel ❤ Harry Sidebottom – Blending heart pounding action and historical accuracy Harry Sidebottom’s bestselling Warrior of Rome series took readers from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor’s inn Blending heart pounding the Caesars: ePUB ↠ action and historical accuracy Harry Sidebottom’s bestselling Warrior of Rome series took readers from the shouts of the Throne of eBook ´ battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor’s inner circle In this second book of his new Throne of the Caesars series Sidebottom of the Caesars: PDF/EPUB À continues his retelling of one of the bloodiest periods of Roman history—the Year of the Six Emperors In Rome in the year of the Caesars: Blood and MOBI :å AD Emperor Maximinus’s reign hangs in the balance The empire is bleeding manpower and money in an attempt to sustain its wars in the north and rebellions flare in the far reaches of its territories Meanwhile in Africa Gordian the Elder and Younger are proclaimed as the new Augusti A family descending from the Imperial bloodline they represent of the Caesars: Blood and MOBI :å a chance for the establishment to take back the empire The first blood of the revolt is shed in Rome when an assassin murders the emperor’s prefect announcing to Rome that the Gordians have taken the throne; still bitter at Maximinus’s rise from the barracks to power the Senate endorses the rebellion and chaos descends on the capitol  But in his heart Maximinus is a man of war when he hears of the betrayal he acts with decisive brutality and violence On the dusty plains outside Carthage blood and steel will determine the fate of the Roman Empire.

  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Throne of the Caesars: Blood and Steel
  • Harry Sidebottom
  • 07 June 2016
  • 9781468312508

About the Author: Harry Sidebottom

Harry Sidebottom is the Caesars: ePUB ↠ Lecturer in Ancient History at Merton College Oxford and part time lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at Throne of eBook ´ the University of Warwick He has written for and contributed to many publications including Classical Review Journal of Roman Studies and War of the Caesars: PDF/EPUB À and Society in the Roman World.

10 thoughts on “Throne of the Caesars: Blood and Steel

  1. Jane Jane says:

    This well written volume picks up where Iron and Rust left off Maximinus has become a tyrant concerned only with his Northern army The main theme is the Gordian Revolt against Maximinus Thrax and takes place during three weeks in March 238 AD The Gordianii father and son are acclaimed joint emperors although Maximinus still lives First blood is drawn the Praetorian Prefect Vitalianus is stabbed to death by Menophilus envoy of the Gordianii whom he supports Father and son are declared co emperors by the Senate; Maximinus is hated for his policies cruelty and uncouthness The book consisted of several subplots like Book 1 in the series with many of the same characters now aligned either for or against Maximinus and for or against the Gordianii Conspiracies treachery and betrayal run heavily through the book We also see the seamy side of life in that period as represented by a die cutter never named who has a secret life a knife boy and a prostitute The Machiavellian action switches between Gordian supporters and Maximinus supporters with side trips to the slums of the Subura and to battle with Sassanid Persians now a rising power Outstanding moments for me an exciting wild animal hunt in Africa also an ambush of brigands in Spain Maximus's winter battle against the Iazyges Sarmations had my blood pumping as well as the Battle of Carrhae against the Sassanids and final face off between the Gordianii and Capelius Governor of Numidia in Africa at Carthage The elder Gordian and Capelius had hated each other for years and both fought hardThe stories of several characters still left alive at novel's end lack closure; maybe that will come further along Some of the sex depicted was too graphic for me but I suppose it fits in with the stories of Iunia Fadilla the abused wife of Maximinus's dissolute son Maximus and of the prostitute Caenis forced into that life by necessity She dreams of escaping and finding a decent husband That would remove the stigma of infamia from her I wish the author would have softened the sex aspect I saw no point to the whole chapter on the mime performance for instance; the author could have left that out and nothing would have been lost I could sympathize with Maximinus as far as he saw himself not because of his actions and the way he presented himself to the outside world that didn't know his motivations Most characters were reprehensible The author followed the same format maps lists of characters one short with only the most important the other with everyone as they first appeared in the novel and other supplementary materialHighly recommended I urge people to read a little on the Year of the Six Emperors beforehand and on the six individuals This novel covers the first three

  2. Speesh Speesh says:

    Well in a very Giles Kristian like way Harry has really turned it around in book two This is much much like it I'm not saying that all Historical Fiction has to be filled with battles and action action action but when you set it up as such in the blurb you better deliver Book One didn't book two doesOf course writing about the Roman period in history is a fail safe for intrigue backstabbing plots battles galore civil wars every five minutes wait a decade for a new Emperor and then four come along at once Not to mention brothers shagging sisters marrying mothers and generally in Rome anything goes for a writer Harry Sidebottom even if I didn't know anything about his background is clearly a cut above when delivering rock solid Roman well researched fiction Anything goes obviously but with Harry you know it's going to be fact filled But academic types don't always deliver riveting books the Paul Cartledge book I read on the Spartans managed to kill that subject stone dead for me as an example Harry has always been above that no matter what my gripes as a grumpy old man might beHere he develops three strands One covering the prospective rebellion in Africa where the Gordians are based One in Rome where any Emperor's power base has to be where he has to be sure of support both amongst the Senate and the plebs And the one for me the most interesting one up north where Maximinus is trying to make sure that the Empire's northern borders are secure and even pushed forward to possibly give new revenue streams to pay for it all That the Senators and the hoi polloi back in Rome don't see this but just see that Maximinus has killed their friends is partly the problem that Maximinus has to overcome But subtle he ain't and you just know what kind of solution he would have in mind for dealing with this insurrection It's not going to be pretty I'm with him I know how to keep my head attached to my neck and I was very satisfied even allowing a Yes escape my lips once or twice when Maximinus finally found out and got down to businessAs very good as this one is as involving it is compared to the first volume especially it's still not uite all it could be There is still way too much ruminating on this and that by the characters masuerading as teaching us about all things Rome Clearly you can take the lad out of the classroom but you cant takewell you knowRead all about it Speesh ReadsOr on Facebook Speesh Reads

  3. Ian Miller Ian Miller says:

    This historical novel the second of a series is set in AD 238 when the Roman Empire is in deep trouble Maximinus was emperor and his policy was simple double the pay of his soldiers That of course needed taxes which contributes to the economic collapse in progress Meanwhile there are continual wars on the borders and threats of civil war at home The Senate disapproves of the Thracian and in North Africa the two Gordians are made Augusti The major problem for the Gordians is they have no legions and the only legion nearby turns against them That is essentially the history this book tries to coverThe historical background is a little unclear due to a lack of reliable knowledge One major source is the Historia Augusta which is generally regarded as unreliable but Sidebottom had to make do In one sense this helps the author but unfortunately no twisting and turning can make real sense of the two Gordians As Sidebottom shows Gordian II was no military genius and even when he was in deep trouble he made an absolutely fatal mistake that no real commander would make What Sidebottom has given is at least a plausible account of what happened and why There will be inaccuracies but that is because now nobody knows what really happened in enough detail In my opinion this is an excellent account of what was a rather miserable period in Roman history when Rome almost imploded The book is well written and makes for fascinating reading An excellent account of how governance can decay

  4. Vincenzo Bacci Vincenzo Bacci says:

    2nd book of a trilogy set in a dark period of the Roman empire the year of the six emperors AS usual Sidebottom gives us with vivid details a narration of a littleknown period of Rome history It is difficult to understand how the Empire continued to exist and flourish after such political instability Good pace well delineated characters fascinating story mostly based on historical facts Sidebottom at his usual very good level I immediately bought the third book

  5. Kirsten McKenzie Kirsten McKenzie says:

    Hard going and a surplus of characters The history was fascinating but the author's note was almost the best part of the book There were a small number of marvellous characters who I wanted to see of but the sheer number of characters made this particular book uite hard going There's no doubt the author is an expert on his subject matter but I didn't get any great enjoyment from reading this piece of historical fiction

  6. Liviu Liviu says:

    fast moving but less enthralling than Iron and Rust as the action is compressed in time and there is some middle volume feel here

  7. Cherinne Cherinne says:

    Absolutely brilliant Blood Steel is even better than Iron Rust Every conspiracy schemes and political intrigues were unfolding in this second book uoting from Mamaea’s chilling curse from the first book Iron Rust “The throne of the Caesars is polluted Those who ascends it will discover for themselves that they cannot evade punishment” And it seems her last words started to become reality Treacherous characters are everywhere in Blood Steel I will definitely pick up the third book

  8. Kate Kate says:

    Gritty intense and bloody recreation of the martial and political events of one month in AD 238 when rival emperors took on Maximinus and divided the empire in civil war

  9. Ozymandias Ozymandias says:

    Plot 10 tightly focused and clear narrativeCharacters 9 generally unlikable but memorableAccuracy 10 thoroughly researched and reliableThis book seems to have solved the problems plaguing the last one There is a lot action we're seeing an actual revolt instead of merely the suppression of ones and it all forms a coherent narrative over the course of about three weeks Even though we actually hear from POV characters thirteen this time three than last they are all responding to the same or similar situations and thus advance the plot rather than distracting from itThis time the book follows the Gordians as the instigator of events rather than Maximinus Spreading out from Africa their revolt stirs the Senators of Rome into action including Pupienus Balbinus and Gordian's allies Menophilus and Valerian All the scattered characters who had nothing much to do with regards to the plot in the last book are now brought together into an uneasy alliance Here the book finds the focus the last one was lacking Chapters are still describing events that take place over no than a few hours slivers of experience basically but having so many characters involved in the same narrative means that the constant switching between POVs doesn't interfere with our ability to follow the plot We get here a great deal in terms of conflict both military and political and plotting Betrayals and uestionable allegiances abound And as ever actions have conseuencesAs with the last one this book's strongest features are its ability to capture the mood of the time and to express clear and distinct characterizations They all fit somewhere on the gruff and ruthless spectrum except only the Gordians and their closest allies but they all come at it from widely differing backgrounds and viewpoints The tone is one of dread and potential disaster where any wrong move is likely to result in death The odds do not look good for our heroes and really while Maximinus is treated somewhat nobly there can be no doubt our main sympathies lie with the Gordians and senators and as such there is much to be done in preparation for Maximinus' anticipated invasion Staying neutral is not an option yet both sides have weaknesses that can come back to bite them And whoever wins may well face a rebellion in the East that capitalizes on their disorder to take over the Empire It's hard to say much about the plot without drifting into spoiler territory Suffice it to say that there is a natural beginning for all plot lines and a natural end for some of them The remainder will be tied up in book three As it should beLike his other books this one is full of easter eggs for history buffs The most amusing of which for me is having Julius Capitolinus as one of Maximinus' chief generals Capitolinus is the name given for one of the authors of the Historia Augusta a largely imaginary set of biographies written in the late fourth century by a single author but pretending to be multiple authors from about one hundred years earlier Julius Capitolinus was the name this forger used for the author of the Lives of Maximinus and the Gordians both Another amusing nugget is that young Balbus finds it difficult to pronounce Timesitheus' name and instead calls him Misitheus Misitheus was the name used for him in the Historia Augusta Greek sources which might be expected to know better call him Timesicles or Timethicles We only know his real name from an inscription found in Lyons which is also our main source for his early careerOne niggling complaint I don't know who's editing these but this book was rife with spelling errors I realize that words like Iazyges and bucellarius aren't found in your standard dictionary but that's why you add them to your dictionary or hit ignore all Leaving spelling and grammatical mistakes in a professionally published novel is very sloppy

  10. Karl Jorgenson Karl Jorgenson says:

    Wow Goodreads finds four other books with this title Sidebottom returns to his engaging form with this second in the series The first book in this series was too scattered too many characters too many subplots This book suffers from that also but less so The emperor is fighting the northern barbarians the Gordians have revolted in Africa the Persians are overrunning the east and the Roman Senators are trying to figure out how to have a successful revolution without getting their hands dirty or their heads cut off if it fails I think as I read in this series I will see of the big picture A flaw in his storytelling if you choose to see it that way is that he sticks to known history The Gordians did revolt they did fail Sticking to the truth lessens the opportunity for surprise This book read well even if it had five eual subplots and the twenty five characters all have impenetrable Roman names

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