THE EAGLE
AND THE SWAN

“Odd – that woman’s beauty,
through Eve, is what introduced
evil to the world.”

THE EAGLE
AND THE SWAN

“The Empire will be my wife, mistress,
lover, mother and sister. I was a Balkan
shepherd. Now one hundred million
souls are my flock.”

THE EAGLE
AND THE SWAN

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INTRODUCTION

Within a manuscript that has not been read for a millennium and a half, there are secrets that will rewrite the history of an Empire…

It is AD 518 in Constantinople at the heart of the Byzantine Empire. A beautiful courtesan famed for her interpretation of the myth ‘Leda and the Swan’ dances in the Imperial Palaces; stirring hearts, rousing desires, and changing the course of history indelibly. A lowly monk records the confessions of this woman, Theodora, from her roots as circus performer and daughter of the bear-keeper, to prostitute, wife, mother and Empress. When the Emperor dies on a stormy summer night, the events that ensue will tear open the loves, struggles and politics of a society in flux, and will leave a city in smouldering ruins.

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Carol Strickland

Carol Strickland is an author, screenwriter and regular correspondent on art, architecture and cultural topics for various magazines such as The Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Nation, Art in America and Art & Antiques.

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MEET THE CHARACTERS

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As Fabianus said, “A cowl doesn’t make the monk.” The young man wore the habit of a novice monk, but he saw himself as an artist, an author and a truth-teller. When Theodora discovered her childhood friend from her Hippodrome days illuminating manuscripts in the scriptorium of the Great Palace, she enlisted him to tell her story…

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