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The Beacon at Alexandria | Gillian Bradshaw
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In the Fourth Century A.D., independent and determined young Charis is forbidden to become a doctor because she is a woman. Disguising herself as a eunuch she flees Ephesus for Alexandria, then the center of learning. There she apprentices to a Jewish doctor but eventually becomes drawn into Church politics and is forced once again to flee. She serves as an army doctor at a Roman outpost in Thrace until, kidnapped by barbarian Visigoths, she finds her destiny to heal and also to be a woman and a wife.
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The Beacon at Alexandria | Gillian Bradshaw
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For a short period of time, during my teenage years, I was homeless.

My school librarian, knowing nothing of my situation, recommended this book for my English course book report.

It was excellent and a perfect escape, at the time.

I found a used, hardcover copy online and it arrived today. 😍

Now, I‘m curious if my 16 yr old self had good taste!


RaimeyGallant I'm curious too! 2y
CarolynM And me! 2y
LeahBergen She did have good taste! I enjoyed this book. 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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SandyW And me... Waiting for your adult review. 2y
Cinfhen Love the hashtag! Hope the book is just as meaningful now😍 2y
batsy It sounds wonderful. So glad it was a source of comfort during a difficult time. 2y
minkyb Love that you found a copy. Look forward to hearing your thoughts when you are done reading. 2y
CouronneDhiver It will hold a special place either way, but I really hope it‘s still a good one! 🤞🏽 @RaimeyGallant @CarolynM @LeahBergen @SandyW @Cinfhen @batsy @minkyb 2y
BookishTrish ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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The Beacon at Alexandria | Gillian Bradshaw
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Reread a favorite, about an Early Christian girl who becomes a doctor. The pacing is maybe a bit wonky, but I love the characters. #historicalfiction #gillianbradshaw

Chachic I read this when Rachel Neumeier sent me a copy! I found it interesting but I might have loved reading it more when I was younger. 3y
meichner87 @Chachic Yeah, I could see that! 3y
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