The Empress

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Century, 2013 - Historical fiction - 512 pages
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Constantinople, 1179

Princess Agnes of France is thirteen when she marries the heir to Byzantium, an empire unmatched in wealth, power - and glamour.

But once she sets foot in the Queen of Cities, a decadent world where dazzling luxury masks unspeakable cruelty, she realises that her husband is a deluded mother's boy with mighty enemies and treacherous allies.

Welcome to the City

As emperors rise and fall, Agnes learns to play the City's game - until she falls for a handsome rebel and finds that love is the most perilous game of all.

Glittering parties in marble palaces soon give way to bloody revolution, shipwreck and exile and Agnes discovers there is no limit to what she will do to survive.

A world in flames

But only when crusading knights from her homeland attack the City, does she finally understand what is truly worth fighting for.

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User Review  - Sarah_Gruwell - LibraryThing

I started out with such high hopes for this book. The time period is such a unique one, and any historical fiction that’s about an obscure female figure makes me a happy camper. However, ultimately, I ... Read full review

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User Review  - janerawoof - LibraryThing

I was thrilled to read about the 12th and 13th centuries in Byzantine history that I didn't know much about. Until the last section the book was disappointing. I was glad to read later most of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Meg Clothier studied Classics at Cambridge, spent a year sailing a yacht from England to Alaska, then - after a few false starts - became a journalist. Her last job was working for Reuters in their Moscow buereau before coming back to London to study for a masters degree in post-Soviet politics. Meg lives in London with her husband and two children.

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