The Secret History by Stephanie Marie Thornton audiobook

The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora

By Stephanie Thornton
Read by Patricia Santomasso

Blackstone Publishing 9780451417787
13.91 Hours Unabridged
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Where Theodora went, trouble followed … In sixth-century Constantinople, one woman, Theodora, defied every convention and all the odds, and rose from common theater tart to empress of a great kingdom—the most powerful woman the Roman Empire would ever know. The woman whose image was later immortalized in glittering mosaic was a scrappy, clever, conniving, flesh-and-blood woman full of sensuality and spirit whose real story is as surprising as any ever told … After her father dies suddenly, Theodora and her sisters face starvation and a life on the streets. Determined to survive, Theodora makes a living any way she can—first on her back with every man who will have her, then on the stage in a scandalous dramatization of her own invention. When her daring performance grants her a backdoor entry into the halls of power, she seizes the chance to win a wealthy protector—only to face heartbreak and betrayal. Ever resilient, Theodora rises above such trials and, by a twist of fate, meets her most passionate admirer yet: the emperor’s nephew. She thrives as his confidant and courtesan, but many challenges lie ahead. For one day this man will hand her a crown. And all the empire will wonder—is she bold enough, shrewd enough, and strong enough to keep it?

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Where Theodora went, trouble followed …

In sixth-century Constantinople, one woman, Theodora, defied every convention and all the odds, and rose from common theater tart to empress of a great kingdom—the most powerful woman the Roman Empire would ever know. The woman whose image was later immortalized in glittering mosaic was a scrappy, clever, conniving, flesh-and-blood woman full of sensuality and spirit whose real story is as surprising as any ever told …

After her father dies suddenly, Theodora and her sisters face starvation and a life on the streets. Determined to survive, Theodora makes a living any way she can—first on her back with every man who will have her, then on the stage in a scandalous dramatization of her own invention. When her daring performance grants her a backdoor entry into the halls of power, she seizes the chance to win a wealthy protector—only to face heartbreak and betrayal.

Ever resilient, Theodora rises above such trials and, by a twist of fate, meets her most passionate admirer yet: the emperor’s nephew. She thrives as his confidant and courtesan, but many challenges lie ahead. For one day this man will hand her a crown. And all the empire will wonder—is she bold enough, shrewd enough, and strong enough to keep it?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“What a heroine! Her rise from street urchin to emperor’s consort made me want to stand up and cheer.” Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author
“A fascinating and vivid account…The life of the Empress Theodora leaps from the page, as colorful and complex as the women herself.” Michelle Diener, internationally bestselling author
“Loss, ambition, and lust keep this rich story moving at top speed. Stephanie Thornton writes a remarkable first novel that brings a little known woman to full, vibrant life…A sprawling and irresistible story.” Jeane Westin, author of The Spymaster’s Daughter

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Author Bio: Stephanie Marie Thornton

Author Bio: Stephanie Marie Thornton

Stephanie Marie Thornton is a high school history teacher and lives in Alaska with her husband and daughter.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 13.91
Audience: New Adult (18–25)
Language: English