Byzantium by Stephen R LawheadByzantium by Stephen R Lawhead

Byzantium

byStephen R Lawhead

Mass Market Paperback | July 4, 1997

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Born to rule

Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the farthest eastern reaches of the known world, to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present a beautiful and costly hand-illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, to the Emperor of all Christendom.

Thus begins an expedition by sea and over land, as Aidan becomes, by turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a spy, a Viking and a Saracen, and finally, a man. He sees more of the world than most men of his time, becoming an ambassador to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden Court. And finally this valiant Irish monk faces the greatest trial that can confront any man in any age: commanding his own Destiny.

Born to ruleAlthough born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the farthest eastern reaches of the known worl...
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Title:ByzantiumFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:880 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.32 inShipping dimensions:6.75 × 4.19 × 1.32 inPublished:July 4, 1997Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061057541

ISBN - 13:9780061057540

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From Our Editors

Follow a group of Irish monks as they make a pilgrimage toward the Holy Roman Emperor in Constantinople, bearing a gift, The Book of Kells. In Byzantium, Aidan is one of the scribes and the creator of this remarkable treasure who has a premonition about his own death. While his mystical apparition does come true, it is not in the manner he had foreseen. Over the course of his travels, Aidan loses faith, finds love and discovers an inner strength he had not expected.

Editorial Reviews

"Engrossing with plenty of plot twists...Worthwhile for Lawhead regulars and historical-fantasy fans alike." (Kirkus Reviews)

Employee Review

Although classed as a fantasy novel, it is far from being one. It is, in fact, historical fiction at its best. This is the story of the monk Irish Aidan, who goes on a pilgrimage to Byzantium with his fellow monks. Along the way, Aidan has many adventures. He is kidnapped by Vikings and becomes their slave. Later, he becomes a spy for the Byzantine Emperor, befriends a Saracen emir and becomes a diplomat in the service of the Caliph of Samarra. A well-written book that I would recommend to everyone.