The Excitement of History

Zenobia_on_banks_of_Ajax_PoussinOne of the things that motivated me to write historical romance novels was the fact that I find history to be aflame with excitement, romance, dramatic moments, and great themes and struggles. I have written a number of histories concerning the apostolic movement during mostly the first three centuries following the time of Christ. Almost without exception the men who stood for the truth of monotheism and the full deity of Jesus Christ have been castigated as “heretics” and maligned, while others have been glorified (e.g. Calvin who murdered Michael Servetus with no mercy; Constantine who put members of his own family to death, and Martin Luther, who ordered the German princes to smite and slay peasants.

I felt that men like the ancient champions of the Oneness of God deserved to be portrayed in a good light. I am sure they were men and women of passion and love, who stood for truth. That was the kernel of thought that led me to write the novels concerning Sabellius (c. AD 180-260), a man who has stirred up his opponents for centuries by the stand he took for truth. I have used my imagination combined with a tremendous amount of historical research to bring these men and women back to life. In the novel Lost Memories of Eden I attempted to portray the tremendous battle Noah must have faced in building the ark. I do not think that Noah built the ark without demonic opposition, and so I used the ancient theories of the “sons of God” in Genesis 6 as a theme in the novel. I hope it brings about a greater appreciation of Noah’s courage and indomitable will in building the ark. Finally, I wrote a novel concerning the life of the third century Monarchian Christian Paul of Samosata and the beautiful Queen Zenobia. Paul, in later life, became the duly elected bishop of Antioch. He held the older doctrine concerning the Oneness of God and Christ, and he was challenged (with no eccleisiastical authority) by other bishops who had adopted a newer form of teaching concerning Christ. His strange friendship has never really been explained, and so I set out to use my imagination.

I would welcome any comments on my novels. I have several novels  yet to be published: a fourth novel on Sabellius, concerning his alleged visit to Byzantium (tentative title Sabellius in Byzantium); a novel concerning a young Roman girl and a blacksmith’s son  tentatively called The Governor’s Daughter; and, finally, and a novel concerning Polycarp, a great Oneness Christian bishop in the time of Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius (second century) entitled The Centurion’s Daughter. I hope to be able to get these published in the future when I am able. Here is a picture of an artist’s conception of Zenobia as some might imagine her in my novel The Queen and the Heretic on the banks of the Euphrates before she is captured by the forces of Aurelian.