The Conqueror's Wife (Paperback)

By Stephanie Thornton

Berkley Books, 9780451472007, 512pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2015

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A novel from the acclaimed author of The Tiger Queens, for readers looking for -strong and determined female protagonists- (Historical Novel Society) and -a sprawling historical saga- (Renee Rosen)...
We are the women who loved Alexander the Great. We were lovers and murderers, innocents and soldiers.
And without us, Alexander would have been only a man.
Instead he was a god.

330s, B.C.E., Greece: Alexander, a handsome young warrior of Macedon, begins his quest to conquer the ancient world. But he cannot ascend to power, and keep it, without the women who help to shape his destiny.
His spirited younger half-sister, Thessalonike, yearns to join her brother and see the world. Instead, it is Alexander's boyhood companion who rides with him into war while Thessalonike remains behind. Far away, crafty princess Drypetis will not stand idly by as Alexander topples her father from Persia's throne. And after Alexander conquers her tiny kingdom, Roxana, the beautiful and cunning daughter of a minor noble, wins Alexander's heart...and will commit any crime to secure her place at his side.
Within a few short years, Alexander controls an empire more vast than the civilized world has ever known. But his victories are tarnished by losses on the battlefield and treachery among his inner circle. And long after Alexander is gone, the women who are his champions, wives, and enemies will fight to claim his legacy...
CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED


About the Author

Stephanie Thornton is a history teacher and the author of novels about the forgotten women of history: The Tiger Queens, Daughter of the Gods, and The Secret History. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alaska.


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