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Lucia's Marriage; or, the Lions of Wada-Araba

Author(s): Neale, John Mason Pages: 102
Publisher: John Henry & James Parker Date of Publication: 1871
Reading Level: YA Genre:
Setting: Petra Period: ca. 249-251 AD (Code: 8c1)
Rome Setting: n Christian/Jewish/Pagan: c
Mystery: n First Person:
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: Family of Christians in Aelia Capitolina is sent into the desert to be eaten by lions. Their oldest girl is not taken, so she joins a troop of soldiers and tries to find them. While each group is wandering, they have various adventures: the youngest daughter is eaten by lions, the oldest falls in love with a young physician. All finally ends well (except for the eaten child, although we are assured that she is in heaven) when the groups meet in Petra, the old Emperor, Decius, is killed and all Christians are pardoned. (RB)
Unique Qualities: At first, pub anonymously. Tales illustr. church hist., vol. 6.
Rating: Maudlin, mawkish and melodramatic. (RB)

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