Do You Know How Tuscany Got Its Name?

Do You Know How Tuscany Got Its Name?

Three centuries before the reign of Julius Caesar, a mysterious, forgotten culture dominated northern Italy.

They were reviled throughout the ancient world for being decadent, wicked and corrupt because they gave independence, education and sexual freedom to women.

Their art extolled marital love when most groups considered wives a possession that produced more possessions. They believed that love transcended death.

They used lightning to predict the future. Their priests foretold that their culture would end after ten sacred eras. It did.

The beautiful image at right sent Australian attorney Elisabeth Storrs on a ten-year odyssey to discover their secrets.

They were called the Etruscans, and modern-day Tuscany derives its name from them.

Elisabeth brings the Etruscans to life in a luminous novel titled The Wedding Shroud, about a young Roman girl’s arranged marriage to an Etruscan nobleman as the two cultures careen towards war. It’s my favorite historical novel of the year.

Today I interview Elisabeth Storrs at Write It Sideways about her journey to becoming a late-blooming author while governing corporations and raising two boys. Please join me over there!

10 Responses

  1. Julie Hedlund
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    I LOVE historical fiction, and this book sounds truly unique. Thanks for sharing!

    • Debra Eve
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      I think you’ll love it, Julie! It is one of the most unique historical novels I’ve read. (And sorry you got stuck in spam…have no idea why.)

  2. Elisabeth Storrs
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    Debra – thanks for the interview – and for your great review of The Wedding Shroud on Goodreads – so glad that you loved learning abouth the Etruscans 🙂 And the image of the husband and wife above is one of my favourites. And a big thanks to Suzannah of Write It Sideways for hosting your interview.

  3. Jenny
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    This is the perfect book to read. From the very first page I was totally transported back to very ancient Rome. Storrs writing is beautiful, her story rich and her characters well developed.

    • Debra Eve
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      So glad you enjoyed it, Jenny!

  4. Reetta Raitanen
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    I love Roman history and Ursula Le Guin’s Lavinia so The Wedding Shroud sounds like a perfect book for me. Thanks for the great interview.

    • Debra Eve
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      I haven’t read Le Guin’s Lavinia yet, and must put it on my reading list now, since I loved The Wedding Shroud. I know you’ll like it too, Reetta! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Karen McFarland
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    Ooh, I can’t wait to read this book! I like historical fiction. I appreciate Jenny’s comment above. I am heading over now to check out the interview! Thank you Debra and Elizabeth Storrs! 🙂

    • Debra Eve
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      I’m so happy to turn people on to this book, Karen! It truly is my fav historical fiction of this year.

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