The Eagle's Daughter

The Eagle's Daughter

by Judith Tarr
     
 

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This lushly detailed historical novel tells the story of the tenth-century Byzantine princess Theophano, who ruled as Empress during the last days of the Roman Empire. Her story is told through the eyes of her companion and advisor, Aspasia, a widow and royal princess in her own right. At eighteen years old, Theophano is sent to become the wife of Otto II, the Holy

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This lushly detailed historical novel tells the story of the tenth-century Byzantine princess Theophano, who ruled as Empress during the last days of the Roman Empire. Her story is told through the eyes of her companion and advisor, Aspasia, a widow and royal princess in her own right. At eighteen years old, Theophano is sent to become the wife of Otto II, the Holy Roman Emperor, and must win the devotion of her new husband and people. Meanwhile, Aspasia begins a dangerous love affair with Otto the Great's Moorish physician. When Otto II is unexpectedly killed in battle, the kingdom is left to his infant son, and Empress Theophano must fight one of the greatest wars of succession of the Dark Ages to protect her realm from the throne's rival, Henry of Burgundy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This bland romance set in the 10th century is narrated by Princess Aspasia, young widow and ``scion of the Purple Chamber'' of Byzantium. Aspasia now attends her niece, Empress Theophano, wed at 18 to Holy Roman Emperor Otto II. The story opens with the crowning of Theophano's three-year-old son, Otto III, and plunges into a flashback. Both women had experienced the murderous intrigue of the Byzantine court; in contrast, their current daily round in Saxon Germany seems colorless and flaccid. Political events, fuzzily delineated, culminate in a power play by cousin Henry (``the Quarreler''), Duke of Bavaria, against baby Otto, whom he kidnaps so casually that any potential suspense is lost. The boy's grandmother and mother talk tough, and Henry backs off. Aspasia's own story centers on her love affair with passionate Ismail, a stern, respected Moorish physician from Cordoba whom she meets when Theophano has a fever. When their liaison is discovered, Aspasia is scolded by her confessor and Theophano, who hint that death could be the penalty for sinning with this ``dog of a Moor,'' though the lovers never seem in danger. Cameos of gossipy historian Liudprand of Cremona and Gerbert of Aurillac, a Gaullish monk who became Pope, show that Tarr (Throne of Isis) has done her homework. But when she writes of Theophano's nuptial banquet, ``the feast dragged itself into eternity,'' she could be describing this novel. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781470888244
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)

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