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Byzance [PDF / Epub] ✅ Byzance ⚣ Michael Ennis – Thomashillier.co.uk Set in Constantinople in the th century, this is a story of intrigue, romance and adventure in the decadent capital of the Byzantine empire It features Haraldr Sigurdarson, a Viking prince, who gradua Set in Constantinople in the th century, this is a story of intrigue, romance and adventure in the decadent capital of the Byzantine empire It features Haraldr Sigurdarson, a Viking prince, who gradually learns the ways of the cosmopolitan court, and rises to heights he never dreamed of.


10 thoughts on “Byzance

  1. Deborah Ideiosepius Deborah Ideiosepius says:

    I have struggled to decide how to rate this book quite a bit and have rated it high despite a few quite integral flaws It took me a long time to read this book months where I would normally I get through a good book in days Honestly, I may never have finished it if it did not relate so very specifically to my historical re enactment group I would not normally rate high a book that took that long to read or which I had considered putting down unfinished.Byzantium is copyrighted in the 1980 s, I have struggled to decide how to rate this book quite a bit and have rated it high despite a few quite integral flaws It took me a long time to read this book months where I would normally I get through a good book in days Honestly, I may never have finished it if it did not relate so very specifically to my historical re enactment group I would not normally rate high a book that took that long to read or which I had considered putting down unfinished.Byzantium is copyrighted in the 1980 s, I would guess that it was written in the 70 s because it has that epic style of writing that was common at the time I read a lot of books in the epic style of the seventies but I was never a complete fan of the genera.The biggest compound flaw actually derives from a main strength of the novel the plot is too complicated, there are too many characters with too many sub plots and this causes the story to move way too slowly This means that put the book down for a day, and when you pick it up you cannot figure out who some of the characters are and you have to back read to catch up.So how is this a strength The research that has gone into the novel is stupendous the characters are hard to follow because they are called by accurate names and titles for the Byzantine Empire at that place and time The details that I can verify such as Roman cookery, feast presentation, or things based on Archaeological digs, are derived from real information Given the person who lent it to me Thanks Patrick I can pretty much be assured that all of the battle details are accurate also.I found the depictions of the Vikings great, the battles and travels were fascinating, I thought the descriptions of Constantinople and The Empire inspired The first quarter third of the book was very good but it bogged down in the centre where everything was about convoluted politics and an occasionally annoying love story.The end redeemed it for me though someone who does not like their history over fictionised may not be a fan I found the last couple of chapters were great, the final chapter in the life of Haraldr Hardraada which was the final chapter of the book was well done and I had entertained doubts about how it could be pulled off The afterword summed it up nicely for me


  2. Carole Carole says:

    Brilliant Gets you travel in time and geographically


  3. Alex Alex says:

    Awesome book The trueish story of Harold Sigurdson, who is a prince of Norway He escaped when Norway was conquered, fled to Russia, became a mercenary, arrives in Byzantium as a mercenary captian Eventually becomes king of all of Scandanavia Amazing historical figure, very well written book.


  4. Liviu Liviu says:

    One of the best epic standalone historicals I ve read


  5. Carole-Ann Carole-Ann says:

    I have the Pan Books Ltd PB edition of May 1990


  6. Andronikos Andronikos says:

    Oh gawd this book I don t know how to describe it it s just soTerrible Well, not really That s the problem, see I love it, yet I completely and utterly despise it An indication of my feelings I read the preface and was completely blown away The next seventy pages followed suite and, aside from the epic torture scene BLOOD EAGLE , the realistic dialogue copyright Michael Ennis , and the fact that this is AN ACTUAL NOVEL ABOUT BYZANTINES INVOLVING GREEK FIRE, I was left with Oh gawd this book I don t know how to describe it it s just soTerrible Well, not really That s the problem, see I love it, yet I completely and utterly despise it An indication of my feelings I read the preface and was completely blown away The next seventy pages followed suite and, aside from the epic torture scene BLOOD EAGLE , the realistic dialogue copyright Michael Ennis , and the fact that this is AN ACTUAL NOVEL ABOUT BYZANTINES INVOLVING GREEK FIRE, I was left with an extremely pronounced feeling of what the hell But, because this book is all of the above, I decided to move on, and the feeling only grew The next two hundred pages took a month The four hundred following that took a single day The one hundred or so remaining lasted A month I ll try and break down the madness, starting with the positives Ennis s dialogue is brilliant, exactly the opposite of, say, Ken Follet s, delivering perfectly the feel of Byzantine court rhetoric and the bawdy roughness of their Norse servants His descriptions are, indeed, dense, but I LIKE that sort of writing it draws you in to to the story Meanwhile he abides perfectly by that old rule show don t tell, not giving the reader ANY details directly, and leaving EVERY PART of his complex part up to short vignettes and vivid plotting in the dark scenes Even the Emperor s Epilepsy spoiler alert for those who aren t Byzantinophiles already is never directly stated rather the reader infers by the odd circumstances pervading his presence Indeed this is a brilliant potrayal of one of my favorite era s History is carefully tailored to sort of what happened to the Sicilian expidition , and Greek Fire, my favorite weapon EVER, plays a prominent role Descriptions of Constantinople, someone a Byzantine nut like myself revels in, are splashed across every page NOW the negatives Why I HATE this book with every fiber of my soul Ennis can t do action scenes Rather, he focuses on the emotional reactions of the characters, which is fine, but, when he DOES describe action, he oftentimes forgets that he let time and events pass while he was describing a thought, and the reader is left horribly confused A terrible fire is described as they ran through burning buildings , but a lengthy conversation afterward references things that occurred WHILE running through the wreckage, and the reader is left with an overall feeling of disbelief as to how the Hero escaped at allSpeaking of characters, they re absolutely terrible Aside from the Leading Lady, and perhaps the Emperor, EVERYONE is completely flat Harold struggles with accusations of cowardice after running from battle during the Preface FOR THE ENTIRE BOOK During every battle he faces the demon, and action which, paradoxically, leaves the description of the actual battle completely lacking , yet oftentimes slays up to a hundred men orCharacter actions are oftentimes completely unexplained, and sometimes characters undergo utter flips in policy without any description at all Joannes, for instance, uses a mob to coerce some high official chum to do something or other for him the purpose of the mob is never really explained , but, just a few short chapters later, is the main factor in a revolution caused by Harold himself used to depose his crony except he was beloved by the people only yesterday WHAT THE HELL Of course, Byzantine mobs were certainly fickle, but no explanation of their fickleness was given no rhyme or reason WHATSOEVER And the PLOT Oh GAWD the plot There are NO resolutions, NO motivations, NO purposes at all Zillions of plotting scenes populate this book involving characters attempting to force the loyalty of other characters for completely irrelevant and oftentimes invisible purposes that have NOTHING TO DO with the overall plot of the book even the sometimes gripping schemes of the better known characters lead to nothing the four hundred pages I read in a day occupied Joanne s plot to pay Muslim mercenaries to kidnap the Empress scheme that possessed neither purpose nor success, and absolutely no ramifications towards the rest of the book whatsoever You see the problem here I love this book because of its brilliant potrayal of the Byzantines, but despise it for what it is a bloated and terribly confusing rough draft If you re in to Byzantium like me, read this book and skip whatever you don t like If you re looking for a good read howeverLOOK ELSEWHERE Try Justinian by H.N Turtletaub


  7. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    I read Ennis other novel, The Duchess of Milan, oh, almost 10 years ago now and have been wanting to read Byzantium since then Sometimes I m a bit slow moving about things like that, but this book was also quite hard to find And it weighs about a thousand pounds.Anyway, over the years, quite a lot of anticipation built up regarding this book I really thought it was going to be great I have to admit I was rather disappointed It was just OK It needed an editor I love long books, but I read Ennis other novel, The Duchess of Milan, oh, almost 10 years ago now and have been wanting to read Byzantium since then Sometimes I m a bit slow moving about things like that, but this book was also quite hard to find And it weighs about a thousand pounds.Anyway, over the years, quite a lot of anticipation built up regarding this book I really thought it was going to be great I have to admit I was rather disappointed It was just OK It needed an editor I love long books, but this one started quite well, and ended quite well, but there was a big, huge chunk of boring in the middle I also love dramatic writing, and have defended staunchly some writers that others criticize for going over the top S.P Somtow, Kathe Koja, Anais Nin However, the writing in this book was frequently florid and overdone, even for me.The characterization was both vague and jump y The protagonist shifts from being a callow lad to a seasoned warrior because the author says so I didn t really feel it happening It took me quite a while to really distinguish between the three main women in the story too often, the characters are merely defined by their perversions, rather than feeling like well rounded people.Still I liked a lot about it The epic follows the life of Haraldr Sigurdarson, heir to the throne of Norway, who travels with the Varangian Guard to Byzantium, and, without the Romans knowing he is the heir, rises to a position of power, and finds love with a noblewoman As one might expect, there is plenty of byzantine intrigue, battles and violence, lust and insanity The book follows known historical facts about the characters, but fictionalizes them heavily.Overall, I feel that with a better editor one who wasn t afraid to rein in some of theeye rolling language, eliminate 90% of the uses of the phrase purple born, and tighten up the events in the middle of the book to createdramatic tension, etc this would have been an excellent book.I have to re read Duchess of Milan now I hope it s as good as I remember it being


  8. Jennifer (JC-S) Jennifer (JC-S) says:

    The most famed of all Varangians was a young Norwegian prince called Haraldr Sigurdarson Mostly set in Constantinople during the 11th century, this novel is about Haraldr Sigurdarson, a dispossessed Viking prince who served as an imperial bodyguard This long, densely detailed novel brings the Byzantine court of the Empress Zoe and those associated with her to life There are many other memorable characters in this novel, including The Emperor Michael IV, his brother Joannes the Orphanotroph The most famed of all Varangians was a young Norwegian prince called Haraldr Sigurdarson Mostly set in Constantinople during the 11th century, this novel is about Haraldr Sigurdarson, a dispossessed Viking prince who served as an imperial bodyguard This long, densely detailed novel brings the Byzantine court of the Empress Zoe and those associated with her to life There are many other memorable characters in this novel, including The Emperor Michael IV, his brother Joannes the Orphanotrophus, and Maria, the Mistress of the Robes.Into this world comes Haraldr Sigurdarson, seeking anonymity as a member of the Varangian guard He becomes caught up in the conspiracies and betrayals of the court, battling to establish a place for himself and to protect those in his care Haraldr Sigurdarson is known to history as Harald Hardrada I knewabout his life after he left Byzantium, and I found this novel fascinating After my first read, during the 1990s, I started to readabout Byzantium and the Empress Zoe During my second read, about ten years ago, I focussed on the excesses of the court and the role of Joannes the Orphanotrophus During this read, I enjoyed the detail, thought about the excesses of power, and the inevitable demise of this fascinating empire.While I doubt that I ll read this novel again, it has left a lasting impact on me Mr Ennis made the Byzantine court come alive in a way which made me want to research the history and the characters, and added an extra dimension to my knowledge of Harald Hardrada This novel is not a light read, but I found it a most enjoyable one.Jennifer Cameron Smith


  9. Jane Jane says:

    This book looked so exciting Harald Sigurdarson s known to posterity as Harald Hardrada years in Constantinople as a Varangian The writing was very dense and turgid there was too much graphic violence and sex I began to be turned off at the description of what was done to eunuchize a man I forced myself to slog on for awhile, then finally gave up about 1 3 through the book It could have used MUCHjudicious editing it was much too long Was the author paid by the word For the mos This book looked so exciting Harald Sigurdarson s known to posterity as Harald Hardrada years in Constantinople as a Varangian The writing was very dense and turgid there was too much graphic violence and sex I began to be turned off at the description of what was done to eunuchize a man I forced myself to slog on for awhile, then finally gave up about 1 3 through the book It could have used MUCHjudicious editing it was much too long Was the author paid by the word For the most part, the characters were hateful A glossary for the Orthodox, Greek, Slavic and Norse terms would have been helpful I was so disappointed in the book the premise promised so much and the book delivered so little


  10. Mirella Mirella says:

    Michael Ennis is one of my favourite authors I haven t read this yet, but I just ordered it from Alibri a hardcover first edition that I know I will love Besides, this is around the same time frame as the Ottonian Empire novels I am writing.


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