Byzantium by Stephen R. LawheadByzantium by Stephen R. Lawhead

Byzantium

byStephen R. Lawhead

Mass Market Paperback | July 4, 1997

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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 PaperbackDimensions:880 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.32 inPublished:July 4, 1997Publisher:HarperCollins

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Great book. Engaging! Great character development.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! This book totally captivated from start to end. Byzantium was and still is the BEST book I have ever read. I would recommend this book to any one no matter what your taste in books are.
Date published: 2002-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST!!! This is an amazing book from the start. It has all the elements to a great book. This was one of the few books I have read and thought WOW what a great book. Stephen Lawhead is one of the best writters I have read in a long time. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure, suspense and lots of action.
Date published: 2002-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT! I believe this to be one of his best books, it was captivating from the start. I can't say enough about this book, anyone who has read anything by Lawhead will certainly enjoy this book!
Date published: 2002-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Journey of Faith Few guaruntees are worth talking about these days, so when I bought Byzantium by Stephen Lawhead, I was sceptical of the money back promise if I did not like the book. But my previous respect for this author turned to near adulation while this reading this masterpeice. The characterization is masterful and realistic- these are real people struggling to deal with difficult circumstances- and the plot is artistic and thrilling. The presentation of faith does not pull any punches and the integrity of this blend of spirituality and entertainment is refreshing in a literary world dominated with so much that is negative. This is the BEST book that I have ever read apart from the Bible.
Date published: 2001-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great book I think S.R.L. has done it again. The man has become a master of the Celtic legend and interweaving story into historical settings. I feel that this book was very well written, with less of the battle that characterize most of his previous books. The only negative part was I felt like the ending could have been better developed, as it felt like an editor was rushing him to finish. Still, the book is definitely worth reading.
Date published: 1999-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Byzantium I begged for this book for Christmas and I was not dissapointed. The tale of a monk and his journey kept me reading. When I was finished I wanted more. I've read everyone of Lawhead's books.
Date published: 1999-08-11

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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.

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

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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.