Messala

The Return from Ruin -- A Sequel to Ben-Hur
Lois Scouten

 

A BRILLIANT SEQUEL to Ben-Hur — a colourful, compelling tale of love, ambition, and faith, set in ancient Rome.

In the original novel of Ben-Hur, Messala is seriously injured in a chariot race with his boyhood friend, Ben-Hur — who had been imprisoned, based in part on Messala's mistaken accusation that he had tried to assassinate the Roman procurator of Judaea.

Now, in this sequel by Lois Scouten — complete with another chariot race in a harrowing incident of road rage — we follow Messala, witnessing the collapse of his once-passionate romance with Iras the Egyptian, his subsequent journey to health, his fluctuating fortunes in Roman society, and his attraction to various Roman beauties before he finds marital contentment in a new love.

And we experience the tension Messala feels between loyalty his own Roman heritage and his growing interest in the new religion of Christianity.