Pilate's Wife

Pilate's Wife

A Novel of the Roman Empire

Book - 2006
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A tale based on the story of Pontius Pilate's wife, Claudia, describes her friendship with Mary Magdalene, her secret love for a gladiator, and her inability to prevent Jesus's execution in spite of a powerful vision about its consequences.

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From Antoinette May, a New York Times bestselling author and striking new voice in literature, comes PILATE'S WIFE, the amazing story of Claudia, the seer who foresaw the persecution of Christians at the hand of the Romans and tried to stop the crucifixion of Jesus.

In the hours before Jesus' trial, Claudia, wife to Pontius Pilate, Roman magistrate of Jerusalem, has a vision in her sleep. She sees a man she has met before, Jesus, the husband of her friend Mary of Magdala, nailed to a crucifix, writhing in pain and offered only vinegar to quench his thirst. She sees men marching off to war, crosses emblazoned on their chests as they pillage foreign lands. She sees men and women fed to lions and burned alive. And she hears the name of her husband passed down through history... "suffered under Pontius Pilate."

Pulling from extensive research, Antoinette May recreates the known world of two–thousand years ago and puts an imaginative new twist on "the greatest story ever told." PILATE'S WIFE follows the life of Claudia as she travels to the battlefield of Gaul, the coliseum in Rome, the temples of Isis in Alexandria, and the holy temple in Jerusalem. The novel tells the story of Claudia's life as a mystic, describing the visions she saw leading up to her great vision of the crucifixion, but also her life as a woman, one torn between her duties as the wife of a Roman magistrate and her desires for the true love she has found with a gladiator.

Weaving together a vivid portrait of the Roman Empire at the beginning of the first millennium, the infighting and passions of the Roman royalty and upper–class, and an awe–inspiring recreation of the last days of Jesus, PILATE'S WIFE will offer a shocking new look at a story we thought we once new.



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& Taylor

Set against a backdrop of the religious and political unrest of her life, a tale based on the story of Pontius Pilate's wife, Claudia, describes her friendship with Mary Magdalene, her secret love for a gladiator, and her devastating inability to prevent Jesus's execution in spite of a powerful vision about its consequences. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061128653
0061128651
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAY
Characteristics: 368 p.

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May 19, 2010

An excellent interpretation of an enigmatic biblical figure, the wife of Pontius Pilate. But be warned, this is most definitely not from a biblical point of view, relying on Gnostic interpretations of the Bible. An interesting piece of historical fiction, combining Roman and Judean history with Egyptian and Greek mysticism and spirituality.

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Oct 30, 2007

One of the better works of historical fiction I've read in a long time, based on sound research, a well crafted plot, and believable characters. The story includes some interesting and memorable takes on ancient mystery religions. And the fact that the heroine's feminist perspective is anachronistic didn't bother me; actually, it made her more accessible.

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