Theophano : A Byzantine Tale

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A fairytale marriage that goes terribly wrong, a ruling dynasty struggling to keep everything together by having overly ambitious palace officials do the dirty work, and prominent Roman generals who dream of taking the throne for themselves.

This explosive mixture of occurrences takes place in the 10th century Byzantine Empire. An era of territorial resurgence and Imperial extravagance, but also an era of dynastic intrigue and endless plotting for the ultimate prize. The Roman throne.

During that time, an ordinary girl, marries the heir to the throne, enters the palace and becomes Theophano, an ambitious woman ready to climb the ladder of power and ruthlessly sacrifice anything and anyone for the sake of her children.

Based on real historical events, this epic graphic novel offers an immersion into a forgotten world. The world of the medieval Romans who survived up until the Middle Ages with their capital, Constantinople, "the Queen of all cities", serving as a second Rome.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 203 x 276 x 9mm | 422g
  • English
  • 6180023484
  • 9786180023480

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"Theophano brings Byzantine history to life in colors that gloriously pop off the page. I loved the details of historical authenticity that are embedded in it, and how the story of these military men swirled around the personality of a strong-willled woman."

Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of Classics, The Ohio State University.

"At the peak of Byzantium's power the key to the throne is held by an ordinary woman. 'Theophano' tells her story as she matches wits with the Ministers and Generals who circle like vultures. Beautifully drawn and richly coloured - see Byzantium come to life."

Robin Pierson, Host of "The History of Byzantium" podcast.
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