by H. N. Turteltaub
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Justinian 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story explores the metamorphosis of Emperor Justinian II from loveable, eager child, through passionate adolescent, thence immediately to spiteful tyrant. It paints a vivid portrait of the court life of Constantinople, as well as the hardships of exile in the eastern hinterlands. Justinian is portrayed as a colorful character of unwavering determination and incredible self-absorption. This book maintains a nice pace despite its bulk of historical detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nicely done historical, but the protagonist was such an unpleasant sort that it was hard to care about him or his times. Turtletaub's literary approach was actually quite sophisticated and, well, literate. But the adventures of this unpleasant Byzantine tyrant were nothing to get excited about -- unless you like cruelty & sadistic, mindless vengeance, which seems to have been Justinian's forte. I for one was left rather cold and had to force myself to finish the tale. Frankly, I'd have liked to see and hear a bit more about the Khazars who seem to have been a much more interesting group of fellows, especially as they went on to have a very significant influence upon the area -- and the world (if certain scholars are to be believed). This Justinian fellow, on the other hand, was just a minor annoyance on the Byzantine body-politic, having left nothing but a record of his unprecedented dual reign and the viciousness which characterized his mind-set. -- S. W. Mirsky