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Jerome and His Women

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by Joan O'Hagan
Publication Date: 01/10/2015
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Rome, 382 AD. The Empire is fragile, the pagan beliefs that sustained it are fading. One man stirs up controversy like no other - Jerome.

When the Pontiff, Damasus I, commissions Jerome to translate the Bible into Latin, it is a political masterstroke. Highly intelligent and classically trained, Jerome was fluent in Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic. Jerome's Vulgate displaces the many alternative biblical texts and plays a critical role in establishing Christianity as a world religion, with Rome at its centre.

What is less known is that Jerome is assisted by a circle of aristocratic, educated women who risk their lives in the pursuit of their ideals. Chief among them is the attractive young widow Paula, as devoted to Jerome as she is to his cause. Rumours circulate as his enemies plot to dispose of Jerome once and for all...

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Joan O'Hagan

Australian fiction author Joan O'Hagan (1926−2014) was a published author of crime fiction.

She grew up in Canberra and studied Classics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. After spending her early years in New Caledonia and England, she lived most of her life in Italy before returning to Australia in 1997. Her first job was in Noumea, New Caledonia, where she assisted in translating from the French John Grant's Journal: A Convict's Story 1803−11 for the South Pacific Commission. It was here that she met and later married Jim O'Hagan, a New Zealander from Te Kuiti.

After living in London in the early fifties, she moved to Rome with her husband where she worked in the Australian Department of Immigration. Rome remained her home for the next thirty years, during which time their daughter was born. She published five novels, two of which were translated into Italian, Swedish and Japanese. She and her husband returned to Australia in 1997.

She spent the remainder of her time in Sydney, refining her last novel about St Jerome while writing and illustrating stories for her grandsons, Isaac and Dominic.

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Joan O'Hagan delivers a very interesting story set from a long time ago. Her brilliant storytelling weaves fiction seamlessly with history. Totally enjoyed this book.

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