Yet it is the ambitious magistrate Pontius Pilate who intrigues the impressionable young woman she becomes, and Claudia finds her way into his arms by means of a mysterious ancient magic. Pilate is her grand destiny, leading her to Judaea and plunging her into a seething cauldron of open rebellion.
But following her friend Miriam of Magdala's confession of her ecstatic love for a charismatic religious radical, Claudia begins to experience terrifying visions—horrific premonitions of war, injustice, untold devastation and damnation. Pilate's Wife has some real promise. I was intrigued by Claudia's character and her "visions" which predicted Jesus' death. Her life was extremely interesting and tragic. Many scholars suggest that the exculpatory portrayal of Pilate in the New Testament arose from the early Christians' desire to curry favor with Rome and distinguish themselves from other Jewish groups.
And so the Gospels show us Pilate, the representative of Rome, reluctant to condemn Jesus, convinced of the man's innocence, disgusted with the Jews' hatred, determined to wash his hands of the whole dirty business.
All leading up to that horrible verse in Matthew when the Jews yell, "His blood be on us, and on our children. Of course, such inventions are all within the novelist's right -- as someone once wryly asked, "What is truth? Again and again, May exonerates Pilate to remove any doubt about who murdered the son of God.
Long before Mel Gibson clarified his attitudes about Jews during that infamous traffic incident, he noted that the apparently anti-Semitic statements in his "Passion of Christ" were merely lifted verbatim from the Bible texts. But May takes such license with those texts throughout most of her story that she has forfeited even that specious defense of her conclusion.
And so we're left to wonder why a writer would want to resurrect this deadly old prejudice. Aug 09, Rebecca rated it liked it Recommends it for: fans of ancient Roman history. I love historical fiction about ancient Rome, and this book lived up to my expectations. The book follows the life and tragedies of Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilate. Most of the book centers on Claudia and her almost always devastating experiences of the political intrigues of Roman imperial life. If you loved the HBO series Rome , you will enjoy this book.
But be warned, just like the HBO series, this book does not hold back when it comes to the brutal entertainment choices and sexual preferences of Romans at the time. May 14, Bobbi Woods rated it liked it Shelves: book-club. I thoroughly enjoyed the history in this book--it pieced together some religious events for me that were previously vague.
Claudia, the main character, is the daughter of Roman Empire royalty. She posesses the gift of "sight. I found Pilate's Wife to be enjoyable, but not exceptional.
However, as an exploration of women's lives and roles in the first century Roman Empire, it was quite fascinating. May 15, Sydney Avey rated it liked it Shelves: novels. I was impressed by the number of years she spent researching Roman history and culture. I am interested in knowing about the cultural context in which Christ began his ministry and this seemed to fill the bill.
May uses restraint in her descriptions of Goddess worship, weaving it through a storyline rich in political and family history. Christ appears toward the end of the story as just anot Last month I did a reading at a library in Sonora , CA and Antoinette May was the reader who preceded me. Christ appears toward the end of the story as just another diety on the menu, one with a promising albeit perplexing message.
As troubling as that might be to Christians, keep in mind that the story is written from the point of view of a high born Roman woman surrounded by treachery who finds solace in Isis. The story is engaging but it left me shaking my head over the portrayal of Christ dallying with a new wife shortly before He goes to the cross. I did find the account of Jewish religious and political life interesting, particularly the commentary on the Zealots. Dec 15, Jenny GB rated it it was ok.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This novel was a quick and easy read, but had flaws that bothered me throughout the novel.
This novel tells the story of Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilate. If you're hoping for new insight into Pilate's connection to Jesus then you're not really going to get it here. Jesus appears a couple of times briefly in the book and a couple of events in his life are alluded to, including obviously the crucifixion, but mostly the events are revolving around Roman life and politics as it tells the story o This novel was a quick and easy read, but had flaws that bothered me throughout the novel.
Jesus appears a couple of times briefly in the book and a couple of events in his life are alluded to, including obviously the crucifixion, but mostly the events are revolving around Roman life and politics as it tells the story of how Claudia marries Pilate and their life together. Claudia is obviously a flawed character from the start. She basically wants her way no matter what. The first instance of this is her joining the priesthood of Isis despite the wishes of her father because she is drawn to the priesthood's beliefs. I was okay at this point. Then she in quick succession demands from Isis's mystic man a love spell to make Pilate fall in love with her, another love spell that's stronger when he starts to stray, then a child, then to help hide her from her husband.
She's so spoiled and annoying that it's really hard to sympathize with her husband that is unfaithful to her. Then she eventually begins an affair of her own and thinks nothing of the pain she could bring to her husband in return. I read the whole book because I wanted to see how the author tied in Jesus, which was clever and fairly well done, but I could not stand Claudia and she ruined the novel for me. View 1 comment. Dec 19, Jen rated it did not like it. Well, this was a steaming pile of poo.
So in the Bible, there is one unnamed mention of Pilate's wife. PW as I will now refer to her was later named Claudia by someone in so yeah years later, get a name. You know what would have helped her, reading ANY book about Roman culture.
Pick one. ETA: For one thing, daughters didn't get really their own names. They were just given the feminine of their family's name with an ordinal of some sort. Sometimes a nickname. That's why you have a plethora of Julias and Agrippinas. There's so many omigod historical inaccuracies in this book that it honestly makes your head ache.
Then the plot is just dumb. Really dumb.
And wow. PW becomes an acolyte for Isis, a Roman socialite, a mistress of a gladiator, oh and stand in for Ariadne during a seriously whacked out Dionysus mystery that only existed for salacious details. It's just a bad book. Really really bad. Turns out the author writes books on clairvoyants before writing her first novel. I hope she saw this review coming. Dec 30, Lyn Stapleton rated it it was ok.
I'm not sure how I felt about this novel.
The author has re-imagined a history of Claudia and Pontius I'm not sure how I felt about this novel. The author has re-imagined a history of Claudia and Pontius Pilate. She tells the story of Claudia from the time she is a young girl who has prophetic dreams, her fascination with the cult of Isis, marriage to Pilate and his subsequent posting to Judea. Christians would be horrified at the author marrying Miriam Mary Magdalene and Jesus. On the whole a good piece of entertainment and an easy read but certainly no historical value.
May 23, Austin Gonzalez rated it it was ok. An exploration of Pilate's wife and the role of women in Ancient Rome seems like an interesting and engaging story. However, with Antoinette May it is not. May starts if her story strong, introducing us to our main character Claudia, a Roman patrician upon whom the gods have bestowed the ability to foresee the future. We follow Claudia throughout her life in the Roman Empire, a journey which shows us how women both with and without power cope with Roman society.
Ultimately leading to Claudia's fai An exploration of Pilate's wife and the role of women in Ancient Rome seems like an interesting and engaging story.