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The Memoirs of Cleopatra (1997)

by Margaret George

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Series: The Memoirs of Cleopatra (Complete)

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A famous femme fatale tells all in this memoir of her reign as Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt. Yes, it is true, she did have herself smuggled, wrapped in a rug to Julius Caesar's bedroom, and was pleasantly surprised. As for Marc Antony, a gorgeous man. From her earliest memories, to her final days as she prepares to commit suicide by snake bite. By the author of The Autobiography of Henry VIII.… (more)
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For 900 pages I was surprised about how quickly the story took me in. I would agree with other reviews that at about the 800 mark it seemed to be dragging out. It was almost as though the author didn't want the character to end and prolonged it with as much detail as possible to stall the end.
I found Cleopatra to be a unique and engrossing character and would love to read more accounts of her life. ( )
  MsTera | Oct 10, 2023 |
“In my experience, there are two things that no one will admit to: having no sense of humor and being susceptible to flattery.”
― Margaret George, The Memoirs of Cleopatra

I love books on Cleopatra. This one is one of the better ones I have read. I especially like when the book is told in Cleopatra's own voice and that is what this book does. It was a fun read.

Cleopatra is presented mas a strong but very human royal which I quite liked. I was glad to see the book did not skim and took us through her time with Julius Caesar as well as Marc Anthony. I also loved reading about her early years.

It would be tough for me to rate it a 5 due to the fact that one of my all time favorite books is another Bio of Cleopatra that I read quite a long time ago and no Bio I have read since has been, for me, as compelling. But this is one of the better ones out there and if you are interested in Cleopatra I would recommend this book. ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 7, 2022 |
Remarkable. ( )
  bardbooks | Nov 11, 2021 |
Margaret George breathes life into the character through an interesting style and plot. The reader gets to know Cleopatra quite well as George takes her through the workings of her mind and the reason for her decisions. ( )
  ashkrishwrites | Aug 29, 2018 |
[The Memoirs of Cleopatra] by [Margaret George]. This 976 page tome took me months to complete. When reading historical fiction in which I am not learned, I have a compulsion to check out and research many of the claims/personages contained within. I found that this book is very historical accurate as to battles and personages. This book was written in the 1st person with Cleopatra as the narrator. The "fiction" that comes to play are the conversations she has with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. The last chapter of the book the author discusses her years of research in preparation of writing this book. ( )
  Tess_W | Jun 2, 2018 |
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Margaret Georgeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Lyckow Bäckman, CeciliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Queen, Goddess, Scholar, Warrior
69-30 B.C.

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a bit of Caesar, Antony, and especially Olympos
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A famous femme fatale tells all in this memoir of her reign as Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt. Yes, it is true, she did have herself smuggled, wrapped in a rug to Julius Caesar's bedroom, and was pleasantly surprised. As for Marc Antony, a gorgeous man. From her earliest memories, to her final days as she prepares to commit suicide by snake bite. By the author of The Autobiography of Henry VIII.

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