Retired Butt College administrator Les Jouron is back in history for his first novel about the last Roman emperor to rule the entire empire.
“Emperor of Christ: Theodosius the Great and the Triumph of Christianity” (self-published for the Amazon Kindle), focuses on the reign of Theodosius in 379-395, especially his military plans and exploits and attempts to bring the Trinity (Nikin). ) Christianity in the Eastern Empire (which received a lot of pressure from Aryan Christians and pagan senators).
Jouron, a West Point grade and retired military officer, wrote in a note section that “one of my primary motivations with this novel is to understand why Theodosius made that decision.” Sometimes he has to ally with the invading Goths to protect himself from other invaders; At other times when he tries to grab the throne he fights with his cousin.
Most notable are Theodosius’ relationship with Bishop Ambrose, whose authority over Nikon Christians presented a major obstacle to establishing any relationship with the Aryans (who believed there was a time “when there was a father and no son”) and pagans. If the emperor had legalized Christianity in the Empire of Constantine, Theodosius’s hand would have forced him to effectively outlaw all other religions in the empire.
Although the isolated heads of enemies and traitors throughout the novel are conveyed to Theodosius and others, Jouron is more interested in war tactics; Letters flying like horses between different co-emperors; And in the fatal decision Theodosius must protect his family dynasty and ensure the grace of Ambrose.
One of the faithful commanders of Theodosius confronted the emperor Timaeus when he handed over a synagogue to Ambrose for not punishing the destroyers. Theodosius replies: “I need ambrosia and not Jews to fulfill my purpose of building Christianity as a unifying force in the empire. So, the Jews are confused, I see the weak, and Ambrose looks like a hero. It’s really rude … Our world is not fair, it’s not right, it’s right. I have to accept this to be an effective ruler. ”
A lot to think about in this long novel about the end and the way.
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