The Robe

The Robe is a historical novel written by Lloyd C. Douglas. It was first published in 1942 and became a bestseller. The novel is set in ancient Rome and follows the story of a Roman tribune named Marcellus Gallio.

The central plot revolves around Marcellus, who wins the robe of Jesus Christ in a dice game shortly after the crucifixion. The robe is said to have magical and transformative qualities, and as Marcellus comes into contact with it, he undergoes a profound spiritual awakening. The novel explores themes of faith, redemption, and the impact of Christianity in the Roman world.

“The Robe” was adapted into a successful film in 1953, starring Richard Burton as Marcellus. The novel and its film adaptation were well-received for their exploration of religious themes and their portrayal of the early days of Christianity. The success of “The Robe” contributed to the popularity of historical and biblical fiction in literature and cinema.

Lloyd Cassel Douglas (August 27, 1877 – February 13, 1951) was an American minister and author. Douglas was one of the most popular American authors of his time, although he did not write his first novel until he was 50.

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