PROVINCE OF BRITANNIA – AD 208
Wanting the quiet life in a wicked world, the advocate Justinus practices the law of Wills & Estates from the walled safety of Eboracum, his clients mostly dead.
But once work and funds run-out, bad debts and beneficiaries start chasing him, then it’s his senior clerk Tiro who finds a solution. In the shape of his wealthy new client – the lady Lydia Firma – who seems like the answer to his problems, when she’s only the start of his next. And an even better reason for them getting out of town…
Nine arduous days on the road with Lydia and her entourage that bring them – not without cost – before the Walls of Lugh.
To the frontier city of Lugvalio and Britannia’s wild west, where Justinus must confront Lydia’s notorious father, Marcus C. Firmus, in a court case more testing and terrifying than any known before.
For Justinus or Lydia, Firmus or Tiro – this bitter courtroom battle will prove the trial of their lives.
‘WE ARE SLAVES TO THE LAW, THAT WE MIGHT BE FREE’
Officially launched & released on Saturday, 10th July 2021 at the ‘Petuaria Revisited‘ open-day, in Brough- on-Humber, East Yorkshire. (Before their search for a lost Roman theatre resumed, for one more fortnight…)
‘ LAWYERS of LUGVALIO ‘ –
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Format: paperback – 320pp (2 maps)
Size: 216 x 138mm
With cover-designs & maps in various books all his own work, we concede Clive Ashman’s CV as an “artist, writer, motor mechanic & qualified lawyer…“ But it’s the time he’s spent with a trowel, or in giving guided-tours (volunteering in aid of the professional archaeologists who unearthed a large Roman bathhouse beside Carlisle Cricket Club) which has inspired this, the third of his novels to be set in Roman Britain. (After ‘MOSAIC’ & then his ‘TWO-EIGHT-SIX’)
Begun during lockdown & not completed until the eighteen-hundred-and-tenth anniversary of one of its real-life protagonists dying at York (the Emperor Septimius Severus) ‘LAWYERS of LUGVALIO’ starts at a military outpost in Scotland on the Antonine Wall; before moving south to Roman York (‘Eboracum‘). Where the lawyer Justinus must begin his long trek north by road – up to Carlisle (‘Lugvalio‘) – to fight the latest client’s cause. Taking on far more along the way than ever he bargained-for: not just a trial…
“John Grisham meets Rosemary Sutcliff, meets Rumpole of the Bailey?”