Historical fiction about the controversial Saint Jerome is given a contemporary twist
Rome, 382 AD. When the Pontiff commissions Jerome to translate the Bible into Latin, it is a political masterstroke. Jerome’sVulgate displaces the many alternative biblical texts and plays a critical role in establishing Christianity as a world religion. Yet Jerome is his own worst enemy and quickly alienates the ruling elite, many of whom aretargets of his famously sarcastic wit.
What is less known is thatJerome is assisted by a circle of aristocratic women who risk theirlives in the pursuit of their ideals. Chief among them is the attractive young widow Paula, as devoted to Jerome as she is to his cause. Rumours circulate as his enemies plot to dispose of Jerome once and for all …
Foreword by Richard Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Classics, Australian National University.