It takes the reader inside the walls of Alexandria’s great palaces, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman who thrived and triumphed in a world ruled by men.
Cleopatra VII of Egypt was barely more than a girl when she inherited the richest empire in the world – one that stretched from the scorching deserts of lower Egypt to the shining Mediterranean metropolis of Alexandria with its famed library and lighthouse. Imperiled at every turn by court conspiracies and Roman treachery, the young Queen was forced to flee Alexandria and live in exile while a foreign army overran her city and her own family plotted her downfall.
With nothing to lose, Cleopatra sought a partnership with the only man who could secure Egypt’s safety: Julius Caesar, a wily politician and battle-hardened general with a weakness for women. The result was a passionate love affair that scandalized Rome and thrust Cleopatra into a world of deadly intrigue played for the very highest stakes – a world she would continue to mesmerize and manipulate even after Caesar was gone.
At the height of her power and fame, Cleopatra fell in love with Caesar’s successor, Marc Antony, a general known as much for his drunken hedonism as his victories in battle. Brash, irresistible and fatally unreliable Antony’s once-strong hold on the Roman empire soon slips away, and with it Cleopatra’s fortunes.
When the tide finally turns against her she plots a last, spectacular manoeuvre to save her children, her empire, and her place among the gods.