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A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem

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Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 133,955 / 370 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.1
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 3,509 3127

The story of Miriam, a young Christian woman living in the Roman Empire during the first century, and Marcus, the Roman officer who desired to win her hand.

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ngry friends, eat before you are eaten and enter into Heaven or--the stomach of the lions."

An old woman, the last of the party, for she could not walk fast, turned round and pointed at the buffoon with her staff.

"Blaspheme not, you heathen dog!" she said, "or rather, blaspheme on and go to your reward! I, Anna, who have the gift of prophecy, tell you, renegade who were a Christian, and therefore are doubly guilty, that /you/ have eaten your last meal--on earth."

The man, a half-bred Syrian who had abandoned his faith for profit and now tormented those who were once his brethren, uttered a furious curse and snatched a knife from his girdle.

"You draw the knife? So be it, perish by the knife!" said Anna. Then without heeding him further the old woman hobbled on after her companions, leaving the man to slink away white to the lips with terror. He had been a Christian and knew something of Anna and of this "gift of prophecy."

The path of these strangers led them past the fount

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.6 from 9 reviews: *****

Loved the story! Romances written during this era are my favorite and to find one that inspires Christian faith is fantastic. I’m going on to read the rest of Haggard’s work. Thank you to those readers before me that gave this book 5 ratings, or I probably never would have found or downloaded it!


Pearl Maiden is an amazing book! I have read it through many times over the past eight years, and still thoroughly enjoy it! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good story!


AMAZING!!! I love this book so much! it is filled with action, romance, and suspense. Now, i am only 14 years old but this book kept me entertained throughout the time i was reading it. I enjoyed how at one point or another you think that Miriam has no chance. Then you remember, 'Duh! She has GOD on her side.' I highly recommend this book whether you are Christian or not. Honestly, its a good book no matter what your religion is!


Who ever says this book is silly, is badly mistaken. Thia book was amazing! I loved every minute of it. My heart pounded so many times with the mystery of what was going to happen to Miriam.. She has GOD on her side, so she will not loose!!


Having read all of the Alan Quatermain and She books and several other H. Rider Haggard books, I would have to say that I am a big fan of his writing. This book would have probably escaped my notice for some time until I had read more of his other books.

Sarah's condemnation of this book in her review got my curiosity up. I couldn't imagine Haggard writing a bad book. So I read it. This book did not disappoint me at all. As a matter of fact it is a very good book, love story or not. There is lots of action of course and some interesting plot twists. Christians should enjoy this book because it is also a story of early Christianity. If you are looking for an entertaining book, then I highly recommend this one.


DREADFUL!! I suggest that nobody who wants to read a classic novel waste time over this book. I might have liked it when I was ten. The plot was absolutely silly; there was incorrect grammar (i.e. persitent incorrect use of the word "also") which can get very annoying and spoil an entire read. It's about a perfect little girl whom everybody's falling in love with. Hey, we all need something interesting and different, right?


wow!! I loooove this book! I thought it had a very grasping point of view from the christianity side, and I would recommend it for anyone who is at the appropiate age of reading such a romantic and adventurous story.


This book was awsome! I loved it! It was filled with adventure and romance. It will always be a favorite of mine!


hmm wow! I lovve this book i had to read it for an assignment in school its awesome!!



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