"The Dovekeepers" Intersects the Lives of Extraordinary Women at the Siege of Masada

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24 March 2015
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Dovekeepers
Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan, Kathryn Prescott, Diego Boneta and Sam Neill
Photo credits: Kurt Arrigo/CBS
 "The Dovekeepers"
A Four-Hour Limited Event Series
Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1 at 9 PM ET/PT on CBS

          The project stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. The series is based on Alice Hoffman’s bestselling, critically acclaimed historical novel about a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada.

         Set in ancient Israel, "The Dovekeepers" is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets.
Dovekeepers
Photo credits: Kurt Arrigo/CBS
 
          Hoffman’s novel was published in 2011 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, earning the New York Times’ bestseller status and widespread critical acclaim, including being hailed by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison as “a major contribution to 21st century literature.”
 
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