The Twelve Caesars is a set of twelve biographies: Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire (Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, titus, and Domitian). The Twelve Caesars was very important after it was written in 121 CE and remains an important historical source. It was one of the major sources for Robert Graves' I Claudius and Claudius the God later adapted and dramatised by the BBC.
A Victorian "sensation novel" par excellence, but perhaps a little challenging for some when it was first published: 'One of the most hardened female villains whose devices and desires have ever blackened fiction' The Athenaeum reviewer of Armadale (1866). Throughout the novel you know Lydia Gwilt is a wicked woman and that she is out to destroy Alan Armadale, but you can't help wishing her success.