THE CONQUEROR by Edison Marshall


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A biographical novel of Alexander the Great follows the blood-smeared course of his progress from Macedonia to unite Greece, and on to the conquest of the East. Believing that his destiny as Zeus' last born son is never to be obstructed, Alexander trains his troops, marches, plots and persuades, rouses his armies and punishes his enemies. There are his battles, his victories -- and his few defeats, his triumphs in war and in bed. There is his affair with Thais and his marriage to Roxana the Princess of Bactria, his great celebration of the marriage of the East and the West in which almost a thousand of his soldiers are wed to Persian women. With his invincibility surely proved, his monomania of domination increases and Roxana, to save the thousands his plans will doom, poisons him. Lurid scenes of war, rapine, cruelty, accompany an overlord's path to glory; tales of the gods and goddesses and mythology are part of his story; the picture of the world he knew is vivid. Marshall's readers know his capabilities and this will not let them down.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1962
Publisher: Doubleday