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The Purple Shroud

Written by Stella Duffy
Reviewed by Angel Curtis

The Purple Shroud completes Stella Duffy’s magnificent fictional account of the Empress Theodora. While not a “gay” book, this story of a strong woman, co-ruler of Constantinople at a time when she should have remained an entertainer, a prostitute, and a lover of women, inspires us all. Beautifully and evocatively written, Duffy’s tale of emperors, empresses, eunuchs, illicit affairs, and, above all, politics, is an enchanting and welcome read. Penguin Paperback Original (

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