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PRAETORIAN

SIMON SCARROW

Copyright (c) 2011 Simon Scarrow

The right of Simon Scarrow to be identified as the Author of the Work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Apart from any use permitted under UK copyright law, this publication may only be reproduced, stored, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means, with prior permission in writing of the publishers or, in the case of reprographic production, in accordance with the terms of licences issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency.

First published as an Ebook by Headline Publishing Group in 2011

All characters in this publication are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Cataloguing in Publication Data is available from the British Library

eISBN: 978 0 7553 5721 5

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright

About the Author

By Simon Scarrow

Dedication

Acknowledgements

Characters

Rome In The Age Of Emperor Claudius

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Chapter Twenty-Two

Chapter Twenty-Three

Chapter Twenty-Four

Chapter Twenty-Five

Chapter Twenty-Six

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Chapter Thirty

Author’s Note

About the Author

Simon Scarrow worked as a lecturer before becoming a full-time writer. PRAETORIAN is his eleventh novel about Macro and Cato, heroes of the Roman army; all the earlier Roman novels, including the No. 1 bestsellers CENTURION and THE GLADIATOR, are available from Headline.

Simon Scarrow is also the author of a quartet of novels about the lives of the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte. YOUNG BLOODS, THE GENERALS, FIRE AND SWORD and THE FIELDS OF DEATH have been published to warm acclaim.

To find out more about Simon Scarrow and his novels, visit
www.scarrow.co.uk
.

By Simon Scarrow

The
Roman
Series

Under The Eagle

The Eagle’s Nest

When The Eagle Hunts

The Eagle And The Wolves

The Eagle’s Prey

The Eagle’s Prophecy

The Eagle In The Sand

Centurion

The Gladiator

The Legion

Praetorian

The
Wellington and Napoleon
Quartet

Young Bloods

The Generals

Fire And Sword

The Fields Of Death

For Carolyn

As ever, my first debt of gratitude is to my wife Carolyn who carefully checked through each completed chapter as the novel was written, and who puts up with me when I get totally absorbed in the tale.

CHARACTERS

In the Praetorian Guard

Tribune Balbus - in charge of the bullion convoy

Centurion Gaius Sinius - an ambitious back-stabber

Tribune Burrus - commander of the Third Cohort of Praetorians

Centurion Lurco - practically part-time commander of the Sixth Century of the Third Cohort

Optio Tigellinus - Lurco’s frustrated subordinate

Guardsman Fuscius - a recent recruit who thinks he’s a veteran

Prefect Geta - commander of the Praetorian Guard

At the Imperial Palace

Emperor Claudius - a fair ruler, though not always a coherent one

Empress Agrippina - his wife and niece, and mother of

Prince Nero - a pleasant boy with artistic ambitions

Prince Britannicus - the son of Claudius, clever but cold

Narcissus - imperial secretary and close adviser to Claudius

Pallas - another close adviser to the Emperor and Empress

Septimus - an agent of Narcissus

In Rome

Cestius - a vicious and ruthless leader of a crime gang

Vitellius - playboy son of a senator, and long-standing enemy of Macro and Cato

Julia Sempronia - the lovely daughter of Senator Sempronius

ROME IN THE AGE OF
EMPEROR CLAUDIUS

The Imperial Palace Complex

The Praetorian Camp

The Boarium

The Great Circus

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