Thursday, 22 April 2010

Bound to the Barbarian

I may have mentioned working on a medieval romance set in 11th century Byzantium.  It's called Bound to the Barbarian and tells the story of an Anglo-Saxon warrior who commands the Emperor's personal guard (the Varangian Guard) in Constantinople.    I met my editor for lunch in Richmond, did a few more revisions for her, and I'm thrilled because last week it was accepted!  It will be out first in the UK at the end of 2010.

Hopefully it will be the first of three in a mini series, the title and strap-line of which is:
Palace Brides
Beauties of Byzantium, Claimed by Warriors!

Below is a plan of the Imperial Palace in medieval Constantinople.  At the bottom, by the blue section you can just about make out that the Boukoleon Palace must have had a marvellous view of the Sea of Marmara.

And here is a Byzantine lion which must be similar to the ones that decorated the quays in the Imperial Harbour, which adjoined the Boukoleon Palace...
I don't think the lions in the Imperial Harbour would have had their paws on a marker-stone though!
Finally, here's a picture of me standing in front of what is left of the Hippodrome in Istanbul.  You can see lines of Roman brick in the stonework.  The Hippodrome was the great arena used by Byzantines for staging public events such as theatre, chariot races, horse-racing, dancing and even executions...


4 comments:

Kate Hardy said...

Lovely strapline - I will look forward to reading these :)

Nicola Cornick said...

Congratulations, Carol! The series sounds fascinating!

Carol Townend said...

Hi Kate and Nicola!
Thanks for your comments, I have always been fascinated by the Byzantine Empire and it's wonderful to be able to set some romances there...

kate tremayne said...

This is a great strap line and will be an interesting period to cover. I look forward to reading them.