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Crucified Under Pontius Pilate: The Partially Recovered Memoirs of his Beloved Wife Claudia
by George LeMaitre

Category: Fiction / Historical
422 pages; ISBN: 0741416158

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

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Crucified Under Pontius Pilate: The Partially Recovered Memoirs of his Beloved Wife Claudia
George LeMaitre
Infinity, Aug 2003, $19.95, 422 pp.
ISBN: 0741416158

History condemns Pontius Pilate as the executioner of Jesus, though to the Roman Prefect of Judea from 27-37 AD at that time his victim was just one more Jew crucified. After his decade in Judea, he returned to Rome accompanied as always by his wife Claudia of five decades to serve as a minor government worker. When Jews and Christians move into his sector of Rome, debates occur over the new religion. Pontius learns that the Christians were followers of a Jesus Christ, who he had crucified when he ruled in Judea. He and Claudia return to Judea to learn more about Jesus, but find a divided populace. Was he the messiah, a superstar prophet, or a PR charlatan? As Pontius begins to change his beliefs, he mentally breaks down due to feeling guilt over his role in the murder of Jesus.

CRUCIFIED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE: THE PARTIALLY RECOVERED MEMOIRS OF HIS BELOVED WIFE CLAUDIA will turn up on the short lists of best historical novel of 2004 by those fortunate to read it. Claudia’s fictionalized account is an insightful work of fiction that provides a deep look at the secular Roman Empire, the monotheistic Judea, and several polytheistic kingdoms. It illustrates real events and actions of historical persona especially her husband. The Jews are an interesting people clearly divided over Jesus while the Romans seem bewildered by the whole affair. Finally of course there is Jesus as seen through several individuals but especially Pontius (through his wife’s memoirs) looking back at what he wrought. This is a fantastic tale filled with historical personage and a feel for the era that hooks the audience throughout.

Harriet Klausner

 

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