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- DescriptionA Byzantine Fantasy Count No Man Happy is based on the life of the Byzantine emperor Constantine VI who lived in the last years of the eighth century CE. It is factually correct. As a child Constantine had been betrothed to Rotrud, the daughter of Charlemagne, and developed a consuming affection for her although they never met. Their engagement was broken off by his mother, the empress Irene. Irene also competed for power with Constantine when he came of age to rule. At that time the empire was waging wars against invading Bulgars in the rth and Haroun el-Rashid of Arabian Nights fame in the east. Despite these threats Irene's passion was for the restoration of icons during the icoclastic dispute. Conflict between mother and son finally led to unimagined horror. Although it is impossible to entirely recreate a past world in a vel written today, the author has tried to do so in so far as it can be done, without stereotyping or demonizing, or expecting medieval people to respond as a person would today. Their passions are the same as ours, as is their self-deception; but their frame of reference is entirely different. The book's title is from a quote by the ancient Greek Historian Herodotus: Count man happy until he is dead. Why is t revealed until the story's end. What Kastenellos has written is historically accurate biography set against a backdrop of war, religious extremism, and intrigue. This is offset by elements of fantasy in which Constantine is distracted and comforted by a mid twentieth century model.
- Author BiographyPaul Kastenellos is a retired news librarian who now writes fantasy and historical fiction. Since the nineteen-fifties he has studied the medieval Byzantine Empire, successor to the Roman Empire in the eastern Mediterranean. Forty years of abstracting news has provided him with a succinct style of writing which flows smoothly from historical narrative to erotic fantasy; and between the underworld of midtown Manhattan in the nineteen fifties, and the wars and religious disputes of the late eighth century and the age of Justinian. Paul lives with his wife in upstate New York where they built their home by hand forty years ago. He is also the author of Antonina - A Byzantine Slut, a novel about the age of Justinian written to correct the prejudice against Antonina of Procopius, the biographer of the Byzantine general Belisarius. As with Count No Man Happy it is both historically accurate and a love story.
- Author(s)Paul Kastenellos
- PublisherApuleius Books
- Date of Publication03/12/2011
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectRegional History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintApuleius Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight349 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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