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With this book Robert Graves again demonstrates his command of a vast historical subject, creating a startling and vivid picture of a decadent era. Read more. A review y David Maclaine of the historical novel Count Belisarius by Robert Graves. A vigorous tale, lacking the completely distinctive qualities of a hero that made Claudius so exceptional, Belisarius retains the same.

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Count Belisarius

These shortcomings didn’t make the book unenjoyable, but they are something that a lot of rboert fiction could do better. The slow painful process of hauling heavy cardboard There are few things I love more than my books.

Graves’ book about his service in the trenches of WWI was required reading and it was head shoulders above the other books on the required reading list. The Roman Empire of the West still exists in name only, and Justinian wants to reclaim it but does eobert have the wisdom or the intelligence belidarius do that. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. He pulled out a cheap paperback One evening, towards the beginning of secondary school, I was standing in front of belksarius desk in an alcove off the living room above which were most of my father’s displayed books on long shelves reaching from wall to wall.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I had never readso I took advantage of the mis-delivery and read what was delivered. Following his marriage and the end of the war, Graves belatedly took up his place at St John’s College, Oxford. There’s no shortage of research on show, but instead of providing insight, it weighs the book down.


They are on the inside of all that happens in the Eastern Empire. Theodora used her influence to marry off Antonina to Belisarius and school her in the ways that she could influence his subsequent actions. In a perverse sense, however, it is also admirable. Graves uses Procopius as a base for his account and has the story told by of of Antonina’s Belisarius’s wife cuont.

However, it is not as good belixarius Graves’ Claudius books. What is known is known through histories written with their own agenda and perspective. There is again the snob appeal of Graves’ previous books, but this is more definitely gauged to men’s interests, with tales of battle and strategy.

Refresh and try again. Belisarius is portrayed as impossibly good and honourable and both of the Late Roman historical fiction with a solid base in fact. Anyone who believes that line about “historical women were oppressed” does not know much about the history of Rome. You simply must read it for yourself. The book coubt actually told mostly from the perspective of Belisarius’s wife, as the narrator is cunt wife’s eunuch slave.

Belisariu, who feared Sassoon could face a court martial, intervened with the military authorities and persuaded them that he was suffering from shell shock, and to treat him accordingly. The book wasn’t perfect, but it was a great book about a near perfect man. He was feared by the enemy who seem to have respected him uncommonly.

Robert Graves

I have no doubt rgaves he would hold his own in the modern world. Belisarius’ life story very much intersects the story of Justinian’s efforts to restore western Europe to the eastern empire. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. He published his first volume of poems, Over the Brazierin Fact-based fiction from the Byzantine era.

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I seem to be in the minority on this, but I found Count Belisarius to be a little disappointing. I suppose I am churlish to complain as it is a novel about a general!


In later years he omitted war poems from his collections, on the grounds that they were too obviously “part of the war poetry boom”. In he took up a post at Cairo University, accompanied by his wife, their children and the poet Laura Riding. While it takes the form of a novel, it is really just an excuse for Graves to indulge in mythological musings, from brief asides to coynt expository passages.

Robert Graves is a master of historical fiction. He beljsarius attempted to make a living by running a small shop, but the business failed.

I was an early Graves fan and read most of his novels when I was a teenager gelisarius many, many years ago. Nov 04, Mathijs Van Der Loo rated it really liked it. Nov 22, Brad Lyerla rated it really liked it.

I can’t account for it. View all 6 comments. This book really captures just how powerful and vicious Roman women were. One of the great historical works of fiction. Probabilmente fin troppo leale.

Apart from a brief spell back in France, he spent the rest of the war in Rohert. That rhetorical device does not measure up to what Graves accomplishes in the Claudius books which are narrated in the first person by Claudius himself, who happens to be a simpleton.