Margaret George ☆ 9 READ & DOWNLOADI ve started to delve into historical fiction this year and after a kind recommendation of various books to try it was this novel about Nero s early life that grabbed my attentionWhy him Pretty much all of my knowledge on ancient history comes from early Doctor Who when the remit of the show was to be educational for the younger audience The First Doctor met Nero during the great fire of RomeIt s one of my favourite stories from that era Doctor Who The RomansWith this book covering Nero s childhood to those events in Rome this was exactly the type of book I was looking to
readi sometimes find the ancient ast a completely find the ancient We'll Make It Through past alace where as this novel s strength is the telling of Nero s life in the first The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy person with he s thoughts and feeling made him very human and helped me appreciate theeriod and culture easierThe short chapters also added to *MY ENJOYMENT ALONG WITH PLENTY OF SEX AND VIOLENCE *enjoyment along with lenty of sex and violence make this a gripping and compelling read Readers of this blog are well aware of my love for author Margaret George so it should come as no surprise that I m ending my reviewing hiatus just to share my love for her latest novel The Confessions of Young NeroMs George is the author who drew me into the Historical Fiction genre when I icked up Mary ueen of Scots and the Isles years ago and she continues to slay me with her amazing writing and fascinating historical characters I love the way she chooses figures from history that are maligned or controversial George now tackles Ancient Rome and the early life of the legendary Emperor Nero From being nearly drowned by his uncle Caligula to his volatile relationship with his mother Agrippina his marriage to Poppaea Rome s battle with ueen Boudicca his meeting with the Apostle Paul and the burning of Rome readers are swept back into history and given a front row seatBeyond Nero s The Age of Apollyon political dealings George delves into Nero sersonal side as well His love of the arts and music and his inner turmoil of being an Emperor and the nefarious things he had to do along the way George aints Nero as a flawed man but one that knows he is flawedI look forward to George continuing Nero s story in her next novel which she is currently working on now I remember hearing somewhere that she is also thinking of writing a book on ueen Boudicca and I sincerely hope that she does I wanted to hear about Boudicca s battle with RomeI highly recommend you checking out The Confessions of Young Nero it s a fascinating look at a real yet flawed Emperor Nero May I note as well the hardcover copy is absolutely gorgeous and has a deckle edge which I loveRating 4 Stars Nero was an excellent choice for a faux autobiography limited contemporary or near contemporary sources which have also been called out for anti Nero bias dangerous olitical and familial manoeuvring an historical Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples period of turbulent change and destruction All it needed was a compelling storyteller to add his voice to the taleThis isart one of two beginning with his early life on the outskirts of ower right to the heart of it as Emperor Margaret George cleverly evokes our sympathy for a young man caught up in the unpredictable erilous family The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 politics of Rome withoison and The National Debt: A Short History plots schemes and sex Amidst this Nero is shown as clever and capable doing what he can to ride the waves of luck or misfortune which come his way far from being a master of his destiny And yet there are signs little hints of what is to come as he grows older as he starts to take control ofeople and events The author never lets us lose that first impression while she slowly illuminates the darker side of his character Before you know it your thoughts are so conflicted they make no sense and any history buff will know there s worse to come It very much reminded me of the rogression of Walter White in Breaking Bad except I knew where this one was goingCharacter isn t the only thing Marg. 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 historyBuilt on the backs of those who fell before it Julius Caesar's imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next erson who seeks to control it In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal man woman or childAs a boy Nero's royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life first when the mad emperor Caligula tri. Aret George gets right The art with historical fiction and articularly that set in ancient Greece or Rome is incorporating current culture and the detail of daily lives into the background without making it as jarring as a broken buzzing flashing neon sign Something that shouts look at me this is my research I KNOW things Not only does she manage to make this information illustrative without being ostentatious she shows us the ideas revalent at the time rejudices against Greek culture the role of slaves or the lower Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde people of Rome attitudes about family and marriage the force exerted by theast on the Karneval, Vol. 4 present It all adds depth and veracity to the storyMost definitely an author I should haveicked up before now I ll be moving on to The Memoirs of Cleopatra nextARC via Netgalley When I was young I discovered Margaret George and devoured her historical novels It has been uite a long time since I read anything by her but she has kept to a similar formula taking a historical character and then writing their life usually from the first The Hiding Place personerspective Often the eople she writes about have stories that are very well known but she incorporates such detail in the re telling that you really do have the sensation of a life lived Obviously this is fiction and utting thoughts into a real erson s mind however long ago they lived is a difficult thing to do However it is obvious that the author does a huge amount of research and this is reflected in the care she takes to tell the story thoroughly However this is not a dry re telling but George really does attempt to breathe life into the characters and to make the era they lived in also feel realistic I must admit that Nero is somebody I knew a fairly small amount about especially compared to other Roman Emperor s There are all sorts of images that you think of robably for many of us it is that of Peter Ustinov laying music while Rome was in flames the image of Nero fiddling while Rome burnt is similar to that of Marie Antoinette telling eople to eat cake in that it becomes so associated with them that it is hard toSeparate Fact From Fictionfact from fiction this book George takes Nero back to the four year old Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus whose mother has been exiled his father dead and who is literally when we first meet him at the mercy of his Uncle Caligula This early exposure to the whims of a Caesar give the young Nero a forbidding view of his future He is Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' privy to early huddled secretive meetings by relatives about ridding themselves of Caligula and when this comes toass he finds himself swooped up by his mother Agrippina and taken to Rome Claudius is now Emperor but life is still not safe and never will be Nero is fairly young when he realises that he has the blood of murderers coursing through him and that his early witness to violence and olitics are deeply embedded in his life whether he likes it or not There is lenty here about Nero s love of music theatre and games which Changing Face of the Hero people associate with him His desire to have someone to trust that he can cling to but the knowledge that his ancestors loom over his life and give it a direction asart of the most The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry powerful Julio Claudian dynasty This is a tale of Ancient Rome which has everything you would expect threats of deathoison seduction murder StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story powerolitics and the man chosen to be the heir of Claudius who needs to be ever watchful suspicious and unsure who he can trust This is an entertaining historical novel and an *enjoyable addition to Margaret George s series of fictional biographies I received a copy of this book *addition to Margaret George s series of fictional biographies I received a copy of this book the ublisher via NetGalley for review Margaret George excels in her autobiographical approach to the much maligned emperor Nero of whom such sordid accusations have been made it s almost impossible to extract truth from fiction With few unbiased sources of research as Nero s name was blackened thoroughly by his successors Es 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 than deadWhile Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic rinciples 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 oison the obstacles fall one by one But. Fter his demise she recreates with sympathy and wit the uncertain boy dominated by the ambitionsOF HIS LETHAL MOTHER HIS DANGEROUShis lethal mother his dangerous with the elite of Rome his yearning to become an accomplished musician artist in his own right and his inevitable *if at times unwilling ath toward absolute ower While Nero is depicted in all his strength his *at times unwilling ath toward absolute The Lady and the Lionheart power While Nero is depicted in all his strength his gets eualage time he can come across as almost athetic as he insists on his artistic venture Her writing is on the heavier side but I completely understand why Margaret George is well loved and respected in the historical fiction genre This was a wonderfully informative read Margaret George has done it again and roduced yet another triumph of historical fiction This one follows the much maligned Nero from his humble beginnings in a lower branch of the imperial family tree to the rize itself Roman emperor Then it ends on an epic cliff hanger but I forgive her because it is so awesome If you can t handle that kind of wait you may want to hold off on reading this until the next installment is outAll I knew about Nero before this book was that he fiddled while Rome burned George combines the research of a scientist with the storytelling ability of a master writer to bring this man s story to life I have to admit I actually felt sorry for the guy Yes despite the orgies outlandish expenditures alatial living and god like status Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church poor Nero like all of us just wanted to be loved At least so says Margaret George It was hard to keep the family straight There was so much intermarrying that everyone seemed related to everyone else loc 219 Like British aristocracy the upper echelons of Roman society were actually uite small and so everyone actually knew each other very well Their children married they freuently divorced and remarried each other and excuses were made for the very close marriages view spoilerNero s mother for instance marries her uncle hide spoiler This was uite a different look at the Emperor Nero a man who has gone down in history as a tyrant a deviant an aberrant man who lusted both forower and the things he felt he was entitled to without a thought of the A (kinda) Country Christmas people he ruledWe are given the background of Nero and his relationship to his mother a woman who would stop at nothing to achieve theower she so desired She was a woman who had no roblem with doing away with those she believed stood in her ath and that included her son as well It is under This book THE ME I M TRYNA BE IN 2017Guys I have a huge favor to ask you Putnam asked me to review this book way back a few months ago and now I finally got to do it But could you guys lease check out the full review on my blog It s right here I m so honored they asked me and I d love for them to want to work with me in the future so lease give that a likeAlthough given the silliness of this review that National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 probably won t happen You can take the girl out of theroper situation for a goofy review but you can t take the tendency to write goofy reviews out of the girlGod I love Ryan Gosling Anyway lease check out that review Thanks guys Wouldn t be here without ya P I managed 200 ages of this book and then gave up At that Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism point I wasn t even half way through it and Nero had just become emperor Then I learned that this is onlyart one of Nero s story and I knew that I had made the right decision I would Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory prefer to read a history book about Nero rather than this mix of fact and imagined conversations and feelings I also thought that the author made aoor decision to have this story told in the first Charming the Firefighter person by Nero initially as a 4 year old rather than in the thirderson Even a reternaturally intelligent Child With Total Recall Could Not Possibly Have Remembered The with total recall could not ossibly have remembered the or understood the Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales political machinations that he recounted in this book This just wasn t for meI received a free copy of this book from theublisher. 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 became legendaryWith impeccable research and captivating The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles 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 uest forower and surviv.