The Slave

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Aurelia Rubbini, the only child of a rich merchant in fourteenth century Italy, has been raised to be a dutiful daughter, wife and mother, but she longs for something more than the restricted life intended for her. Then one day, her father brings home from a buying trip an Asian slave boy, Batu, who will reshape Aurelia’s destiny. More

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Published: Jan. 30, 2013
Words: 106,570
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301504275
About Pauline Montagna

Pauline Montagna was born into an Italian family in Melbourne, Australia. After obtaining a BA in French, Italian and History, she indulged her artistic interests through amateur theatre, while developing her accounting skills through a wide variety of workplaces culminating in the Australian film industry. In her mid-thirties, Pauline returned to university and qualified as a teacher of English as Second Language, a profession she pursued while completing a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. She has now retired from teaching to concentrate on her writing. She has published two books, The Slave, an historical romance set in Medieval Italy and Suburban Terrors, a short story collection

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The Slave
Aurelia Rubbini, the only child of a rich merchant in fourteenth century Italy, has been raised to be a dutiful daughter, wife and mother, but she longs for something more than the restricted life intended for her. Then one day, her father brings home from a buying trip an Asian slave boy, Batu, who will reshape Aurelia’s destiny.

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Review by: Terry Spring on March 15, 2014 : star star star star star
Here is a beautifully written tale with a riveting story-line depicting fourteenth century Italy in a time of upheaval. It is fascinating and clearly well researched with a sense of history as the characters develop within the confines of their social structure.

The high-born Aurelia, married off by her family to Lorenzo (a man with wild needs), finds her life in turmoil. The Asian slave, Batu, becomes her friend and rescuer but they suffer the expectations of their time. Despite all odds they find their place in a medieval Italian world. The imagery is well-defined and the voice articulate and I was fully involved in the story from start to finish.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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