The language is bawdy in places. Ok, definitely not PG-13. Of course, the book isn’t a PG-13 read. You probably sorted that out from the title. What you probably didn’t know about: Theodora. Why not? Oh, because the women behind the men tend to fade. (Unless you are Anne Boleyn, in which cases so many books will be written, they all crowd together into a strange picture of a woman) You just don’t run into many books about the wives of the Roman Empire. This was one and filled in a blank spot in the history you know and don’t know.
It also gives you quite a bit to think about as you watch how she finagles her way to the top and her reasons behind it. Would you do it? Did she make the right choices? What would you do? These are all questions that go through your head as you watch this disciplined woman rebel over and over again.
I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own.