Pilate by Ann Wroe
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By Ann Wroe


The Biography of an Invented Man New edition

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Pilate by Ann Wroe

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for WH Smith Literary Prize 2000.
  • Shortlisted for WH Smith Annual Literary Award 2000.
  • Shortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 1999.

Book Description

The facts about Pontius Pilate are very few. We know not when he was born or died. We know nothing of his career before he became Governor of Judea, and nothing of what happened to him after he was recalled by Tiberius. Everyone has his own Pilate, each symbolic of something, each a projection of his own idea of who this man actually was. Anne Wroe has supplied us with some surprises, and glimpses into his everyday life, a man actually walking on a marble floor in Caesarea, feeling his shoes pinch, clicking his fingers for a slave, while the clouds of lasting infamy gather over his head.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099287933
ISBN-10: 0099287935
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 21mm)
Pages: 414
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Orpheus by Ann Wroe Orpheus, Paperback (July 2012)

For at least two and a half millennia, the figure of Orpheus has haunted humanity. Half-man, half-god, musician, magician, theologian, poet and lover, his story never leaves us. The author goes in search of Orpheus, from the forests where he walked and the mountains where he worshipped to the artefacts, texts and philosophies built up round him.

Being Shelley by Ann Wroe Being Shelley, Paperback (July 2008)

Four questions consumed Shelley and coloured everything he wrote. Who, or what, was he? What was his purpose? Where had he come from? And where was he going? He sought the answers in order to free and empower not only himself, but the whole human race.

Perkin by Ann Wroe Perkin, Paperback (May 2004)

A young man suddenly emerged claiming to be Richard of York, the younger of the Princes in the Tower. As such, he tormented Henry vii for eight years. He tried three times to invade England and behaved like a prince. Officially, however, he was proclaimed to be Perkin Warbeck, the son of a Flemish boatman.

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UK Kirkus Review » The subtitle of Wroe's splendid biography of Pontius Pilate reveals a profound truth and is a meticulous and eloquent description of the way Pilate has been perceived in history, literature and legend during the last 2000 years. For it has indeed been an 'invention'. The well-meaning Pilate of the Gospels bears little relation to the brutal portrait given by Philo of Alexandria, an older contemporary of Jesus Christ. Later tales become even more fanciful, demonstrating a blithe disregard for facts but an intense interest in the meaning of Jesus's trial and condemnation by the Roman governor of Judea. In the course of this account of a developing fantasy, the reader discovers in a new way that evil and good are often deeply and mysteriously complementary; that religion has little to do with history as we understand it today; and that Christianity's success as a world faith is due to the mythos of Jesus's death and resurrection depicting a timeless truth, which each generation has been able to apply to its own circumstances. Review by KAREN ARMSTRONG Editor's note: Karen Armstrong is the author of A History of God. (Kirkus UK)

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