Who Was… Nero

by Noonie Minogue

  • Published: 01 Apr 2004
  • Price: £4.99
  • Format: paperback
  • ISBN: 9781904977117
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The Singing Emperor

Nero wanted to be a singer. But his mother wanted him to be a leader of the most powerful empire in the world.

Through lies, scheming and murder she achieved her goal, with terrible consequences…

At first Nero did his very best to be a good ruler, working hard to make his people happy and prosperous. But Nero’s love of peace turned into a panic-stricken, bloody struggle for survival.

This is the story of the mad and murderous emperor who turned some Christians into flaming torches, fed others as live meat to wild beasts, and sang to the lyre while Rome went up in smoke…

‘The seventeen-year-old Nero stepped out into the golden light of an October morning. […] Nero looked about him with a beating heart. Some people might have expected Britannicus to be the new Emperor. But would anyone dare to utter his name? If they did, they got no answer. Nero heard behind him the thud of the Palace door being bolted again. Britannicus half suffocating in his stepmother’s perfumed arms, knew his fate was sealed…’

About Noonie Minogue

Noonie Minogue is a book reviewer and writes regularly for the TLS and the Tablet. She is a member of the Primadonna's' Party Quartet, in which she plays the cello and Spanish guitar. She lives in London with her children. This is her first book.