L'ambition redoutable d'une mère. Un empereur devenu symbole de cruauté. Voici le récit de la jeunesse de Néron, pleine de fureur et de tragédie.
Ier siècle après J.-C. Dans l'Empire romain, nul n'est à l'abri de la trahison : homme, femme ou enfant. Et encore moins Néron, dont l'héritage royal attise toutes les convoitises. Son oncle, l'empereur fou Caligula, essaye de le noyer alors qu'il a trois ans. Depuis cet épisode funeste, le jeune prince, sensible et cultivé, doit chaque jour déjouer les tentatives d'assassinats et les complots. Mais le pire danger vient de sa propre mère, l'incestueuse Agrippine, qui a empoisonné son époux, l'empereur Claude, et veut désormais contrôler l'empire. Néron en tire alors une terrible leçon : mieux vaut être craint que mort...
Dans ce roman haletant, Margaret George, la reine du roman historique, révèle l'incroyable enfance de l'un des plus célèbres souverains de l'Histoire.
In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman - or child.As a boy, Nero's royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own son's inheritance. Faced with shocking acts of treachery, young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: it is better to be cruel than dead.While Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic principles of Greece, his very survival rests on his ability to navigate the sea of vipers that is Rome. Most lethal of all is his own mother, Agrippina, whose only goal is to control the empire. But as her machinations earn her son a title he is both tempted and terrified to assume, Nero's determination to escape her thrall will shape him into the man he was fated to become - a legendary Emperor. Impeccably researched and written in captivating prose, The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George is the story of a boy's ruthless ascension to the throne. From innocent youth to infamous ruler, his is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power and survival.
The New York Times bestselling and legendary author of Helen of Troy and Elizabeth I now turns her gaze on Emperor Nero, one of the most notorious and misunderstood figures in history. Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar’s imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman--or child. As a boy, Nero’s royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own son’s inheritance. Faced with shocking acts of treachery, young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: it is better to be cruel than dead. While Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic principles of Greece, his very survival rests on his ability to navigate the sea of vipers that is Rome. The most lethal of all is his own mother, a cold-blooded woman whose singular goal is to control the empire. With cunning and poison, the obstacles fall one by one. But as Agrippina’s machinations earn her son a title he is both tempted and terrified to assume, Nero’s determination to escape her thrall will shape him into the man he was fated to become--an Emperor who became legendary. With impeccable research and captivating prose, The Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy’s ruthless ascension to the throne. Detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler, it is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power and survival.
Conquise par un médecin, Louisa George Lorsque Jessie a accepté de remplacer son frère au cabinet médical de North Beach, elle ne s´attendait pas à devoir composer avec les sentiments étranges qu´elle éprouve immédiatement pour l´associé de celui-ci, le Dr Luke McKenzie. Luke est magnifique, très compétent et, à la façon dont il s´occupe de sa petite fille asthmatique, il est clair que c´est un homme attentionné. Un homme dont elle pourrait tomber amoureuse. Or, Jessie est résolue à tenir Luke à distance, car elle ne se sent nullement prête à lui dévoiler les secrets qu´elle garde enfouis au fond de son coeur...
Infirmière... et maman, Margareth McDonagh Le jour où Holly apprend que le Dr Gus Buchanan vient d´avoir un bébé, et qu´il se retrouve désespérément seul pour l´élever, elle ne peut s´empêcher d´accourir auprès de lui. Qu´importent le passé, la souffrance qu´il lui a infligée en lui préférant une autre femme. L´humiliation qu´elle a ressentie en devenant soudain l´objet de toutes les rumeurs à l´hôpital... Gus a besoin d´elle. Et pour lui, Holly est prête à risquer son coeur de nouveau...
Carpenter Adam Bede is in love with the beautiful Hetty Sorrel, but unknown to him, he has a rival, in the local squire's son Arthur Donnithorne. Hetty is soon attracted by Arthur's seductive charm and they begin to meet in secret. The relationship is to have tragic consequences that reach far beyond the couple themselves, touching not just Adam Bede, but many others, not least, pious Methodist Preacher Dinah Morris. A tale of seduction, betrayal, love and deception, the plot of Adam Bede has the quality of an English folk song. Within the setting of Hayslope, a small, rural community, Eliot brilliantly creates a sense of earthy reality, making the landscape itself as vital a presence in the novel as that of her characters themselves.
The New York Times bestseller from Margaret George, author of Mary, Called Magdalene;and Elizabeth I With her amazing ability to summon the voices of historical characters, Margaret George tells the story of the woman whose face "launched a thousand ships";in Helen of Troy. Laden with doom, yet surprising in its moments of innocence and beauty, this is a beautifully told story of a legendary woman and her times. An exquisite page-turner with a cast of irresistible characters--Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, as well as Helen and Paris themselves--and a wealth of material that reproduces the Age of Bronze in all its glory, Helen of Troy brings to life a war that we have all learned about but never before experienced.
This book will help new administrators (department chairs, directors, deans) understand and become more proficient in their financial management role within the institution. Highly accessible, practitioners will be able to put the book's guidance to immediate use in their work. It is also grounded in the latest knowledge base and filled with examples from across all types of institutions, so that it makes an ideal text for a courses in graduate programs in higher education leadership and administration. Specifically, the book: o provides an understanding of the basics of budgeting and fiscal management in higher education o defines the elements of a budget, the budget cycle, and the steps for creating a budget o suggests ways of avoiding common pitfalls and problems of managing budgets o contains effective strategies for dealing with loss of resources o includes end-of-chapter reflection questions and an expanded glossary of terms
Written in plain language this volume provides practical approaches to many complex problems in fiscal management. This new edition of the book contains new information in every chapter reflecting both the most recent developments in higher education and feedback from readers of the earlier edition. The information on the current higher education financial environment has been updated, and the case studies have been revised. Readers will be introduced to Bowen's theory of resources and expenses as an important way to understand budgetary decision making in colleges and universities. Special attention is paid to the use of restricted funds, the budget implications of faculty appointments and the challenges caused by personnel policies for staff. In addition, greater attention is given to development and implementation of repair and replacement programs in auxiliary enterprises. The challenges that arise when budget problems are postponed are also discussed. The volume contains a number of suggestions for practitioners with new budgeting and fiscal responsibilities.