Book: The Mystery of Julia Episcopa (The Vatican Chronicles Book 1) by John I. Rigolicategories: Book, Ancient Rome, Religion, Female Protagonist, Biblical Archeology, Vatican, Catholic, Mary Magdalene, Church Mothers, Historical Mystery, Women, Historical Fiction
John I. Rigoliabout this book: An Ancient Parchment: In Rome's golden age,a woman flees for her life. Her enemies are those she once called 'brother'. Hidden beneath her blue cloak are secrets men will kill for – forgeries that prove the newly self-appointed bishops are not followers of the way, but pretenders who have seized control.
A Chance Discovery: In the labyrinthine archives of the Vatican archives, two famed archaeologists, Valentina Vella and Erika Simone, make a stunning discovery. Their find could destroy the Holy Mother Church and topple the papacy.
'The Mystery of Julia Episcopa' weaves seamlessly between modern day Rome and the politics of the Catholic church, and the times and life of a 1st century Roman noblewoman who rose to be a dominant force in the early Christian movement.
'Julia' was never meant to be a work of 'Christian Fiction', nor is is a screed against the Catholic Church. Rather, it was inspired by the traces of history of early Christian leaders who were known to be female, yet who were erased - either by time or by the purposeful decisions of men who wanted to uphold the all-male hierarchy.
Because our topic is controversial in some circles, we were painstaking in our research. We wanted to give the readers a real glimpse of 1st century life in Rome - rather than the mythologized versions of early Christianity as both a political and religious movement.
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