this last part of his Palaeologos trilogy, the prize-winning
novelist George Leonardos writes about the last Emperor of
Byzantium, Constantine XI Palaeologos and the fall of
Constantinople. Using Venetian, Greek and Turkish sources,
Leonardos has created a vivid and exciting account of the last
days of the Eastern Roman Empire, the new Rome.
novel grapples with the traditional views
of modern Greek historiography on how the Byzantine Empire
fell, and asks questions such as what
really happened? What were the intrigues and machinations that
played a part in the fall of the thousand-year-old empire? Who
betrayed Constantine XI Palaeologos, raising the Ottoman
standard at the Palace of
Blachernae, as Constantine was
fighting at the city walls for the very survival of his
kingdom and Christendom in the East?
answers to these questions are set against the backdrop of the
social upheaval and chaos of the late middle ages. With lively
portrayals of the major players, Leonardos also relates what
later became of the heroes of the day.