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Tales of Byzantium: A Selection of Short Stories

by Eileen Stephenson

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A collection of three delightful short stories about three important Byzantines. These three tales are a painless way to present some incidents in Byzantine history, dealing either with members of royalty and one soon-to-be royal family.

Chronologically arranged, each told of a key occurrence in the main characters' lives, that shaped him or her.

"Ceremony of the Emperor": a young empress stands firmly but tactfully against her formidable father.
"Red Fox": how an enemy is gulled by the deception of a Byzantine general and the saving of the population of a town. This one was my favorite of the three.
"Alexiad": a princess, shut away in a convent, finds meaning to her life.

I liked that each was written in a simple manner, making it easy to remember something of a period of history unfamiliar to many people. The characters were memorable and likeable. I liked the Notes after each story, giving us a thumbnail sketch of the particular protagonist, short history of his or her importance and how he or she fits into Byzantine history. The cover was stunning! ( )
  janerawoof | May 9, 2015 |
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