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The Purple Shroud

(2012)
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Once, Theodora was little more than a slave, the daughter of a bear-keeper, running barefoot through the streets of Constantinople. Now she is Theou doron, 'the Gift of God', Empress of Byzantine Rome and the most powerful woman in the world.

In Stella Duffy's compelling new novel, the beguiling and extraordinary Empress Theodora emerges from the shadow of history into brilliant light. Clever, courageous and ruthless when betrayed, Theodora rules alongside her husband, the Emperor Justinian - a true love match in a world of political marriages.

While wars rage on the borders of the Empire, Theodora discovers that the greatest danger to her reign - and her life - lies much closer to home. From the catastrophic and terrifying riots that burn through the city; to vengeful enemies at the palace who will never accept 'Theodora-from-the-brothel'; to plagues and plots and murder, Theodora learns what it truly means to be Empress.

Spanning over twenty dramatic years of Theodora's reign, The Purple Shroud is a vivid portrait of a charismatic, exceptional woman and a fascinating exploration of both the pleasures and the burdens of power.

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Hardback Editions

July 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Purple Shroud
Author(s): Stella Duffy
ISBN: 1-84408-777-8 / 978-1-84408-777-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

June 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Purple Shroud
Author(s): Stella Duffy
ISBN: 1-84408-778-6 / 978-1-84408-778-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Purple Shroud: A Novel of Empress Theodora (Thorndike Press Large Print Superior Collection)
Author(s): Stella Duffy
ISBN: 1-4104-5479-7 / 978-1-4104-5479-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kennebec Large Print
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September 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Purple Shroud
Author(s): Stella Duffy
ISBN: 0-14-312225-8 / 978-0-14-312225-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Purple Shroud
Author(s): Stella Duffy
ISBN: 1-84408-813-8 / 978-1-84408-813-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Purple Shroud: A Novel of Empress Theodora
Author(s): Stella Duffy
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


July 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Purple Shroud
Author(s): Stella Duffy
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK   



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