Why did I love this book?
The love story of Antony and Cleopatra was immortalised by Shakespeare and by Hollywood.
But there is far more to both of them than simply being each others lovers.
Antony rose from relatively humble beginnings to become, for a while, sole ruler of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra came from a childhood in exile to be queen of the richest country in the world. Between them they demonstrated military capability, shrewd political judgment, and a love for everything that makes life worth living.
Goldsworthy is an academic historian and a novelist, and though this double biography is detailed, it is never dull. This book has been a valuable resource for my Mark Antony novels.