A young Byzantine empress defies her powerful father for love and her rightful place on the throne.A charismatic commander takes the gamble of a lifetime to save the lives of thousands of innocents and gains the emperor's esteem.An exiled princess finds a new sense of purpose and creates a legacy to stand through the ages.These stories provide a glimpse of the dynamic and proud Byzantines who lived during the height of the empire's splendor.
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About the Author
Eileen Stephenson was born in Fort Worth, Texas but spent most of her life in the Washington, DC area. She has degrees from both Georgetown University and George Washington University (neither involving the Byzantines) and is married with three daughters. Her interest in Byzantine history all started one fateful day when every other book in the library looked boring except for John Julius Norwich's A Short History of Byzantium.
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Tales of Byzantium: A Selection of Short Stories based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
We are proud to announce that TALES OF BYZANTIUM by Eileen Stephenson is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Perhaps a more accurate title would be 'Tales from Byzantium Royal Families'. This is well written historical fiction, based on what little is known about the closed world of the Byzantium ruling dynasties. Unfortunately we have only three short stories making for a thin read, but better a little quality that reams of dross. The stories centre on romance, military strategy, and power politics, combining to give the reader a very credible feeling for what life for the ruling families may have been like. Stephenson writes very well, maintaining interest and creating some very plausible speculative characters. Putting flesh on thin history is a skill, which these brief glimpses demonstrate with aplomb. Perhaps a couple of speculative fictions, even if even less well glazed with known history, would have helped create a better rounded book. For example, we might have liked to read the story of a soldier at the Battle of Kleidion, or that of his mother, or of a priest at the time of the Great Schism, or of a boatman's family on the Bosphorus. What we have been given is five star- but five stars of desperately little. Get writing, Eileen Stephenson.