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The Living Wood: Saint Helena and the Emperor Constantine [Paperback]

By Louis de Wohl (Author)
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The renowned novelist De Wohl, with his usual crisp language and descriptive narrative, as well as irony and humor, presents the colorful and tumultuous times of the early Christian era in this story of intrigue, romance and power politics revolving around Helena, the devoted and saintly mother of Constantine, the first Christian emperor. This historical novel tells the story of the quest for the True Cross through fifty years of the most exciting events in Roman and Christian history. The narrative begins when the Tribune Constantius, a Roman officer stationed in Britain, meets and wins Helena, only daughter of the mystical and oracular King Coel of Britain. Through the course of their early lives together, and during their ten-year separation when Constantius returns to Britian as a conquering Caesar and Helena has become a rejected wife, devoted mother, and militant Christian, there is a sure and convincing portrayal of character growth and personal conflict. Helena's fierce determination to raise Constantine as a warrior son and her gradual discovery and dramatic acceptance of Christianity prepare her for the final miracle of her life discovery of the True Cross, the Living Wood on Calvary. The Living Wood is a chapter from the turbulent half-forgotten pages of early Christian history and legend in which the religious conflicts and problems are handled with moving simplicity. It is also an action-packed novel of those times-with a lesson for us today-that captures with equal skill and tumult and the shouting of the battlefield and the devious plots and counter-plots of the court.

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The renowned novelist De Wohl, with his usual crisp language and descriptive narrative, as well as irony and humor, presents the colorful and tumultuous times of the early Christian era in this story of intrigue, romance and power politics revolving around Helena, the devoted and saintly mother of Constantine, the first Christian emperor. This historical novel tells the story of the quest for the True Cross through fifty years of the most exciting events in Roman and Christian history.

The narrative begins when the Tribune Constantius, a Roman officer stationed in Britain, meets and wins Helena, only daughter of the mystical and oracular King Coel of Britain. Through the course of their early lives together, and during their ten-year separation when Constantius returns to Britian as a conquering Caesar and Helena has become a rejected wife, devoted mother, and militant Christian, there is a sure and convincing portrayal of character growth and personal conflict. Helena's fierce determination to raise Constantine as a warrior son and her gradual discovery and dramatic acceptance of Christianity prepare her for the final miracle of her life discovery of the True Cross, the Living Wood on Calvary.

"The Living Wood" is a chapter from the turbulent half-forgotten pages of early Christian history and legend in which the religious conflicts and problems are handled with moving simplicity. It is also an action-packed novel of those times--with a lesson for us today--that captures with equal skill and tumult and the shouting of the battlefield and the devious plots and counter-plots of the court.

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Item Specifications...


Studio: Ignatius Press
Pages   370
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.99" Width: 5.35" Height: 0.98"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  1586172271  
ISBN13  9781586172275  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Louis de Wohl wrote numerous historical novels for adults, including "The Living Wood", which is also about St. Helena and Constantine. He earned international acclaim for The Spear, and among his other popular titles are "Lay Siege to Heaven, The Restless Flame, The Joyful Beggar "and "The Quiet Light."

Louis de Wohl was born in 1903 and died in 1961.

Louis de Wohl has published or released items in the following series...
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Living Wood: Saint Helena and the Emperor Constantine?

Entertaining and Historically Accurate  Aug 27, 2008
Great way to learn about history as well as about The Church's saints. I also enjoyed De Wohl's City of God, The Spear and The Restless Flame. I can't wait to read his others. I would reccomend for homeschooling history, although there are a few scenes that I would not read to my children. They are not graphic but innappropriate for younger children. An overall exciting and historically accurate book.
 
I haven't read this in years, but I've read it a dozen times or so  Sep 15, 2006
I was probably about 8 when I first read this (I was reading adult books by this age), but I read it over and over again thru my 20s. I don't know how factual the background story was in this work of historical fiction, but the characters jumped out of the page at me and I seemed to get something new out of it every time I read it. The fictional part of the story was about a Roman soldier who was somehow involved in the crucifixion, and how it affected his life. Even though I've never been particulary religious, I found it a very moving tale.

I lost it somewhere along the way, and from time to time I wish I could get a copy and see if it affects me as strongly as it did then.
 

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