Claudia By Diana Wallis Taylor


By Diana Wallis Taylor





336 pages

Pub Date: June 2013


Combining impeccable research and a flair for drama and romance, Diana Wallis Taylor invites readers to experience marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces and idyllic Italian villas.   In Claudia, a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts, Taylor brings to life in a tale worthy of a legend.

Claudia’s life did not start easily. The illegitimate daughter of Julia, reviled and exiled daughter of Caesar Augustus, Claudia spends her childhood in a guarded villa with her mother and grandmother. When Tiberius, who hates Julia, takes the throne, Claudia is wrenched away from her mother to be brought up in the palace in Rome. The young woman is adrift-until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When Pilate is appointed Prefect of the troublesome territory of Judea, Claudia does what she has always done: she makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find peace and rest in the teaching of the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?


I’ve really never given Claudia much thought, though I knew a little about her role when Jesus was put to death by her husband. I really grew to love her in this book. You can see that Claudia is the backbone of her husband by the way her depended on her and drew his strength from her. But though she was so committed to him, she was still her on person, and not afraid to make decisions on her own. I found it really heartwarming the way she treated their son, and the way she worked it out that she could go see the teacher teach, which was Jesus.

I have read several books by Diana Taylor, and I really like her Biblical fiction. In her writing, she mostly stays true to the events as the Bible records them. And when she doesn’t, she makes sure she explains where she goes on her own. Don’t misunderstand me, Ms. Taylor stays with the Bible principles and promises, by makes changes in the timeline, how the people live, etc. Since there is not a lot about Claudia in the Bible, she was able to use her imagination to create a life for her, and I really enjoyed Claudia’s story very much! If you enjoy Bible fiction, you will really love this book, so I recommend you pick up a copy for your enjoyment. You will surely be entertained!

“Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and
review.  I was not required to write a
positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this
in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

7787[1]Diana Wallis Taylor

is the author of the novels Journey to the Well, Martha, and Mary Magdalene and lives in California. Find out more at

Praise for Claudia and Diana Wallis Taylor

“Diana Wallis Taylor has written another stunning and powerful novel of controversy, romance, and rebellion, this time focusing on the life of Claudia… Meticulous research, drama, and passion hold readers to the page in this exquisite tale of inspiration and intrigue. Buy a copy for yourself and for a friend.” – Karen O’Connor, author of When God Answers Your Prayers

“Expertly researched, Diana Wallis Taylor’s Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate takes the reader into the very heart and soul of an obscure New Testament woman whose few but compelling words have captivated readers for centuries. Inspiring and imaginative.”- Susan Meissner, author of The Girl in the Glass


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