The Saint’s Mistress

Told against the fourth-century backdrop of the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity, The Saint‚Äôs Mistress breathes life into the previously untold story of Saint Augustine‚Äôs beloved mistress. A North African peasant, Leona falls in love with the aristocratic Augustine and comes into conflict with his mother, his patron and the Empire itself in her fight to keep her family together and win legitimacy for their son. When Leona and Augustine are re-united after a separation of many years, old passions are reignited and the fate of the Roman Empire in North Africa is decided.

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