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The Last Queen of Sheba Jill Francis Hudson

21st March 2014
Digital (delivered electronically)
320 pages:
Lion Fiction
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Against all odds Makeda, daughter of an obscure African chieftain, is chosen as Queen of all Sheba. Recognising her own inexperience, yet desperately wanting to address Sheba's appalling and deep-rooted social injustice, she is persuaded by her cousin Tamrin, a wealthy merchant and narrator of the novel, to visit Solomon, King of Israel, to discover how he governs his kingdom. She is hugely impressed by Israel's general prosperity, by the wisdom and integrity with which Solomon rules, and by the Hebrew religion, which she adopts. However, all is not as it seems. Solomon, trapped in a childless, loveless, marriage, is entranced by the beautiful and intelligent African princess. While she returns to her homeland, determined to put what she has learned into practice, the splendid King of Israel starts to lose his way :
JILL FRANCIS HUDSON has a first class honours degree in Classics and Theology from Cambridge University and has travelled widely in the Middle East. She is author of a number of widely-praised novels including Hadassah, Rabshakeh and Zoheleth.

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