Byzantium (Harper Fiction)

mass market paperback, 880 pages

English language

Published Aug. 1, 1997 by Eos.

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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 inmate of Byzantium's fabled Golden Court. And finally this valiant Irish …

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  • Religious - General
  • Fiction - Fantasy
  • Fantasy - Epic
  • Fiction
  • History
  • Fantasy - Historical
  • Christian Interest
  • Fiction / Fantasy / General
  • Fiction / Religious
  • Byzantine Empire
  • 527-1081
  • Book of Kells