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By Baroness Emmuska Orczy Orczy
Historical fiction Christian life – Fiction Rome – Fiction Caligula, Emperor of Rome, 12-41 – Fiction
Baroness Emmuska Orczy Orczy
By BARONESS ORCZY
GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY
BY BARONESS ORCZY
AUTHOR OF ’THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL’, ’ELDORADO’
“RENDER THEREFORE UNTO
ST. MATTHEW XX. 21.
TO ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER I. 1
“Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion....”–PSALM XLVIII. 2.
And it came to pass in Rome after the kalends of September, and when Caius Julius Caesar Caligula ruled over Imperial Rome.
Arminius Quirinius, the censor, was dead. He had died by his own hand, and thus was a life of extortion and of fraud brought to an ignominious end through the force of public opinion, and by the decree of that same Caesar who himself had largely benefited by the mal—practices of his minion.
Arminius Quirinius had committed every crime, sunk to every kind of degradation which an inordinate love of luxury and the insatiable desires of jaded senses had suggested as a means to satisfaction, until the treachery of his own accomplices had thrown the glaring light of publicity on a career of turpitude such as even these decadent times had seldom witnessed ere this.
Enough that the end had come at last. A denunciation from the rostrum, a discontented accomplice thirsting for revenge, an angry crowd eager to listen, and within an hour the mighty, much—feared censor was forced to flee from Rome to escape the fury of a populace which would have torn him to pieces, and was ready even to massacre his family and his womenfolk, his clients and his slaves.
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