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Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man

Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man

Although very little is known for certain about Pontius Pilate, the man who crucified Christ, this has not stopped writers in every age from imagining his life. Here, Ann Wroe recounts the lives of all our Pilates; among them the medieval tyrant, devoted to gambling and getting around the law, and the wriggling modern pragmatist. This is also the story of the man Pilate might have been; and the man who mirrors us.

About the Author

Ann Wroe

Ann Wroe is the Obituaries and Briefings Editor of The Economist. She studied at the University of Oxford before working at the BBC World Service covering French and Italian politics. She is the author of six books and co-author, with the late Keith Colquhoun, of The Economist Book of Obituaries, published by Profile in 2008. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Literature and the English Association. She is married with three sons and lives in London.