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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 2, 2012 - Fiction - 160 pages
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The Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, made the historic pilgrimage to Palestine, found pieces of wood from the true Cross, and built churches at Bethlehem and Olivet. Her life coincided with one of the great turning-points of history: the recognition of Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire. The enormous conflicting forces of the age, and the corruption, treachery, and madness of Imperial Rome combine to give Evelyn Waugh the theme for one of his most arresting and memorable novels.

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"The enormous conflicting forces of the age, and the corruption, treachery and madness of Imperial Rome", 1 July 2015 This review is from: Helena (Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback) Short novel ... Read full review


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A retelling of the story of St. Helena which has some support from tradition, leans on the picturesque in preference to the plausible (the author), is not intended as hagiography but as entertainment ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Evelyn Waugh was born in 1903 and was educated at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). In 1945 he published Brideshead Revisited and he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1952 for Men at Arms. Evelyn Waugh died in 1966.

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