"Elissa" is a gripping historical fiction novel by the renowned British author H. Rider Haggard. First published in 1899, the book tells the story of the legendary Queen of Carthage, Elissa, who is also known as Dido. The novel is set in the ancient world, and the story follows Elissa's journey from Phoenicia to North Africa, where she founded the city of Carthage.
The story is an epic tale of love, betrayal, and adventure, full of vivid and compelling characters, as well as thrilling action and intrigue. It is a story that brings to life the ancient world of the Phoenicians and their remarkable history.
As the novel begins, we see Elissa, a strong and independent woman, forced to flee from her homeland after the murder of her husband. She sets sail with a small group of followers and embarks on a dangerous sea voyage. Along the way, she faces numerous challenges, including battles with pirates and political intrigue.
As Elissa and her group finally reach the shores of North Africa, they face new challenges, including dealing with the local tribes and trying to establish themselves in a new land. The novel also portrays the growing love story between Elissa and Aeneas, a handsome Trojan prince who has also arrived on the shores of North Africa.
The book offers a captivating portrayal of the complex politics, religions, and customs of the ancient world. Haggard's writing is vivid and engaging, with rich descriptions of the landscapes, people, and societies of the time. He provides a wealth of fascinating details about the Phoenician culture and history, as well as the legend of Dido and Aeneas.
Overall, "Elissa" is a compelling and entertaining work of historical fiction, which will captivate readers of all ages. Haggard's storytelling is both imaginative and informative, and he brings the ancient world to life with a style that is accessible and engaging. Whether you are a lover of historical fiction or simply looking for an epic adventure, "Elissa" is a must-read, and a valuable addition to any bookshelf.
H. Rider Haggard
Sir Henry Rider Haggard (22 June 1856 – 14 May 1925) was an English writer of adventure fiction set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the lost world literary genre. He...More on H. Rider Haggard
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