The Purple Shroud

The Purple Shroud

Book - 2012
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Once, Theodora was little more than a slave, the daughter of a bear-keeper, running barefoot through the streets of Constantinople. Now she is Theou doron, 'the Gift of God', Empress of Byzantine Rome and the most powerful woman in the world. Clever, courageous and ruthless when betrayed, Theodora rules alongside her husband, the Emperor Justinian - a true love match in a world of political marriages. While wars rage on the borders of the Empire, Theodora discovers that the greatest danger to her reign - and her life - lies much closer to home. From the catastrophic and terrifying riots that burn through the city; to vengeful enemies at the palace who will never accept 'Theodora-from-the-brothel'; to plagues and plots and murder, Theodora learns what it truly means to be Empress.
Publisher: London : Virago, 2012
Description: 390 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781844087778
Branch Call Number: Duff


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Feb 25, 2014

A not bad sequel dealing with the life of Empress Theodora after she and Justinian claimed the throne. Dragged a little bit in the middle, but overall was true to her historical character as much as we know it. Also gives you a good idea about Byzantine court ceremonial, and how exhausting it can be.

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