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Barba the Slaver
(ISBN: 0-345-25670-0)

Author(s): Forest, Dael Pages: 112
Publisher: New English Lib Date of Publication: 1975
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Rome Period: 2nd cent AD (Code: 7d or 8a)
Rome Setting: y Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person: n
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: Five British royal siblings are sold into slavery in Rome, sometime in the reign of Trajan. 2 get minimal treatment - a stone-cutter and a man of business for a merchant. The beautiful and shy Mertice, bought by a handsome young noble, is acquired in a bet by an athletic but caring young society woman who treats her well. Saelig, and his sister, Haesel, are bought by a couple, he as an attendant to impress the wife's social circle & she as the body-slave of the husband. The self-centrered wife pursues Saelig amorously but is rejected; the generous husband makes Haesel a trusted assistant in his architectural job.
Unique Qualities: Roman Slave Series 1
Rating: No real historical characters or events, but pretty rich & accurate detail of life. Average writing, plot and characters. Deceptively raunchy picture & blurb on cover.

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