This is the first book in a major new series from the author of the hugely successful Warrior of Rome series. An Oxford don, Harry Sidebottom likes to think of the readers of his immaculately researched books as fans of Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and The Wire.
Pulsing with multiple strands and characters, Iron & Rust portrays a world both sophisticated and brutal, yet firmly rooted in history; a world of intrigue, murder, passion and war where men will kill to sit on the Throne of Caesars.
In a single year six Emperors will lay claim to the Throne of the Caesars…
SPRING AD 235 - Dawn on the Rhine. A surprise attack and the brutal murder of the Emperor Alexander and his mother ends the Severan dynasty and shatters four decades of Roman certainty. Military hero Maximinus Thrax is the first Caesar risen from the barracks. A simple man of steel and violence, he will fight for Rome.
The Senators praise the new Emperor with elaborate oratory, but will any of them accept a Caesar who was once a shepherd boy? And in the streets of the eternal city, others merely pray to escape imperial notice.
In the north, as the merciless war against the barbarians consumes men and treasure, rebellion and personal tragedy drive Maximinus to desperate extremes, bloody revenge and the borders of sanity.
Harry Sidebottom was brought up in racing stables in Newmarket where his father was a trainer. Educated at various schools and universities, including Oxford, he took his Doctorate in Ancient History at Corpus Christi College. He has taught at various universities including Oxford, where he is now Fellow and Director of Studies in Ancient History at St Benets Hall, and Lecturer in Ancient History at Lincoln College.
Throne Of The Caesars: Iron and Rust
Author: Harry Sidebottom