AD 193 – The Year of the Five Emperors
In AD 193, the mighty Roman Empire was in turmoil. Emperor Commodus was dead and his successor, Helvetius Pertinax, was killed shortly after claiming power. The scandal that followed rocked the Empire as two rival candidates faced one another for the title. Didius Julianus was victorious, but his grip on power was unstable from the start. Three outraged supporters of the previous Emperor proclaimed themselves as rightful heirs; Pescennius Niger, Clodius Albinus and Septimius Severus. Each had substantial troops at their command and despite trying to bribe support, eventually allegiance to Didius ebbed away. He was executed after only two months in power, allowing Niger, Albinus and Severus each to take over in turn.
This thrilling period of uncertainty is known as the Year of the Five Emperors and is the setting for Rosemary Rowe’s latest title, The Ides of June.
The Ides of June has just been released in ebook.