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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - janerawoof - LibraryThing
Witty and sometime humorous novella of St. Helen, mixed with a good deal of hagiography. The last few chapters were my favorite part: a "Golden Legend"-type pilgrimage to Jerusalem where Helena finds ... Read full review
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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