Non-fiction debut for Honor Cargill-Martin

May 2023

Today marks publication day for MESSALINA, the debut non-fiction biography by Honor Cargill-Martin.

This is the story of Messalina – third wife of Emperor Claudius and one of the most notorious women to have inhabited the Roman world. The scandalous image of the Empress Messalina as a ruthless and sexually insatiable schemer, derived from the work of Roman historians such as Tacitus and Suetonius, has taken deep root in the Western imagination.

Cargill-Martin sets out not to ‘salvage’ Messalina’s reputation, but to look at her life in the context of her time. Above all, she seeks to reclaim the humanity of a life story previously circumscribed by currents of high politics and patriarchy.

Out now in hardback.

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