Song of the Flutist, Historical Novel by Rosalind Burgundy

Odyssey of an Etruscan Noblewoman

Move over Homer—Here’s the Etruscan Odyssey!
Not Greek—and this hero is a woman

Odyssey of an Etruscan Noblewoman tells an intriguing story of a woman’s ordeal and exploitation in 6th century B.C. Etruria, modern Tuscany. Although scribes were male, Larthia, a married, childless noblewoman, disguises herself as a man to exercise her gift from the gods: scribing. Opening the tomb of the ancestors marks her fate and sends her on a path laced with grueling obstacles that leaves her life forever changed. Abducted and forced on a journey across the Mediterranean, Larthia uses her wits, charm, sex and scribing skills to survive. Manipulated by powerful kings and cunning men, women and gods, she faces torture, rape, exile, prostitution and the knife. Against her will, she voyages to Egypt where she is initiated as priestess into the rites of the Cult of Isis. Helped by a mortal god and sponsored by the pharaoh, Larthia maneuvers her way back to Etruria, only to find chilling surprises. Now she must challenge destiny and discover her place in eternity.

Odyssey of an Etruscan Noblewoman is an authentic, uplifting and thoroughly-researched historical story sure to bring pleasure and enjoyment to readers as they gain insight into the ancient world.

“A gentle lesson about an overlooked society in the development of Western civilization,” says author Rosalind Burgundy, whose enchantment for the amazing Etruscan culture began more than forty years ago when she lived in Italy. “The book heralds a return to the classic tradition of Homer,” says Burgundy. “You’ll note that the characters’ actions determine their personalities. There is little description of what they look like. In ancient writings, things were defined in black and white. Color is rarely mentioned. Spoken language may have been poetic or plain. I write in both styles.”

Ms. Burgundy brings a new voice to the literary world. Two other Etruscan novels, Song of the Flutist and Tuscan Intrigue complete the trio. Make space on your bookshelf for Odyssey of an Etruscan Noblewoman. Timeless and memorable, you’ll be enthralled to the last pages.
Odyssey of an Etruscan Noblewoman By Rosalind Burgundy

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Publication: November 2005
Trade Paperback: 347 pages; 1-4134-1622-5
Cloth Hardback: 347 pages: 1-4134-1623-3