|Publication Date||August 13, 2011|
The story of the ancient Roman outlaw, Bulla Felix. Like the English Robin Hood, who lived 1000 years later, Bulla was crafty, resourceful, a brilliant fighter, a master of disguise and the narrow escape – and he stole from the rich and gave to the poor. He and his band of 600 men fought against the oppression of the emperor Septimius Severus in Italy until Bulla's capture in a cave and his exposure to lions in the Colosseum in Rome.
That is where the historical accounts leave us, but this novel follows Bulla to many more adventures - in Scotland, where he joins the barbarian Caledonians in their struggle for freedom, and in India, where, inspired by his lover, the wise empress Julia Domna, he searches for truth and meaning. Along the way, Julia struggles with the atrocities of her son, the emperor Caracalla, who massacres thousands in his demonic quest for magical powers and military success. Will she arrange the murder of her own son to save the lives of innocent people?