Pilate's Wife: A Novel of the Roman Empire (Paperback)

A Novel of the Roman Empire

By Antoinette May

Harper Paperbacks, 9780061128660, 376pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2007



A daughter of privilege in the most powerful empire the world has ever known, Claudia has a unique and disturbing "gift": her dreams have an uncanny way of coming true. As a rebellious child seated beside the tyrannical Roman Emperor Tiberius, she first spies the powerful gladiator who will ultimately be her one true passion. Yet it is the ambitious magistrate Pontius Pilate who intrigues the impressionable young woman she becomes, and Claudia finds her way into his arms by means of a mysterious ancient magic. Pilate is her grand destiny, leading her to Judaea and plunging her into a seething cauldron of open rebellion. But following her friend Miriam of Magdala's confession of her ecstatic love for a charismatic religious radical, Claudia begins to experience terrifying visions--horrific premonitions of war, injustice, untold devastation and damnation . . . and the crucifixion of a divine martyr whom she must do everything in her power to save.

Praise For Pilate's Wife: A Novel of the Roman Empire

“Readers...who thrilled to... Russell Crowe’s Gladiator will give Pilate’s Wife the thumbs-up.”
-USA Today

One hopes this is the first of many novels by this excellent author.
-School Library Journal (starred review)

A great and insightful drama of one woman’s love life.
-The Cairns Sun

Claudia’s life is shaped by passion, violence and intrigue, and May paints it well.
-Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)