Learnt a lot about Byzantium history from this book,
. .4 stars to my great surprise. I was probably drawn into this because I love the venue - and soak up what I can where I can on Byzantium; but this worked for me. I liked the characters. A. Perry is a good enough writer ...although it did drag enough in parts that I had to flip to the end to see who was still round at the end. I know, bad habit but I have a LOT of books to read!...Continua
This is a fascinating, extremely complex story of a period of Christian history. The research must have been exhaustive! Here we explore the scism between the Roman and Orthodox churches (along with Venetian, Sicilian and Muslim factions) during the latter 13th century. All the plots, betrayals, deceits, loyalties and passions of religious zeal is marvelously depicted. So many intricately interwoven factions all vieing with one another for power rather than the true Christian goal of living harmmoniously with love. The only real criticism I found, was one of believability in the story line around which all the historical data was presented. That anyone could disguise themselves for so long a period, and under such conditions, defies belief. I never developed a deep empathy with the main character. This is a difficult read, but, nonetheless, I would recommend it. Again, this author demonstrates her skill in working with such complexities!...Continua
Fascinating tale of thirteenth century Constantinople, where a women pretends to be a eunuch in order to free her brother from a murder charge while Rome plans to conquer the city.