Jerome & His Women
Historical fiction about the controversial Saint Jerome is given a contemporary twist
Black Quill Press, October 2015 (reprinted 2017)
Paperback, 288 pp, 229 x 152 mm
Rome, 382 AD. When the Pontiff commissions Jerome to translate the Bible into Latin, it is a political masterstroke. Jerome’s Vulgate 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 are targets of his famously sarcastic wit.
What is less known is that Jerome is assisted by a circle of aristocratic women who risk their lives 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.
Will appeal to readers of historical fiction, especially those interested in Ancient Rome, Christianity, and the often surprising role of women in the ancient world.
About the author
Joan O’Hagan was a published crime writer (Incline & Fall, Death and a Madonna, Against the Grain, A Roman Death). Thanks to meticulous research, a wicked imagination, and over thirty years of living in Rome, here she breathes new life into an ancient saint and his world, drawing us irresistibly into a highly-charged world of danger and intrigue while reminding us to question our own values.