The High City
In Constantinople at the turn of the first millennium, the early years of the reign of Basil II were racked by civil war and his wife's murderous intrigue. Basil will become one of the most successful, and most feared, Byzantine Emperors. But for now, he rules as co-Emperor with his brother Constantine and makes war on a would-be usurper, Bardas Phokas, son of a general who once claimed the throne for his own.Basil's most reliable troops are foreign mercenaries - the Varangian guard hired from the North - for the blood of the Romans has grown thin, and even his generals prefer intrigue to battle. Rus and Norsemen, Viking raiders and wild horsemen from the steppes, the Varangians fall upon the elegant city of Constantinople like wolves on a garden party. Among them is Raef, the wily young son of an Irish slave, who catches the eye of the Emperor's wife.But being noticed by an angry, jealous Emperor never leads to a safe and quiet life. And Raef's stubborn pride in the face of a thousand years of imperial privilege will come near to bringing down the High City itself.
- Hardback | 316 pages
- 147.32 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 408.23g
- 03 Feb 2009
- United States