Book Review

Gillian Bradshaw's Byzantium
by Avelina of Moncrieff

The Beacon at Alexandria (Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 1986. ISBN 0-395-41159-9)

The Bearkeeper's Daughter (Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 1987. ISBN 0-395-43620-6)

Imperial Purple (Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 1988. ISBN 0-395-43635-6)


Many of the readers may already be familiar with Gillian Bradshaw's work as an historical novelist from her Arthurian series (Hawk of May, Kingdom of Summer, In Winter’s Shadow). She recently has published three new novels, all set in the early years of the Eastern Roman empire (4th, 5th, and 6th centuries). All three are well-researched and interesting reading. These books are not in a series and can be read in any order. Unfortunately, they have not been as widely distributed as they might have been, and are (so far) available only in hardcover editions. Check your local library and/or interlibrary loan service for these titles, or keep an eye out for them on the remainder tables. I managed to find one of them that way.

I strongly recommend these three novels. They are excellent historical novels with interesting characters firmly set in the early Christian era. I am looking forward to Gillian Bradshaw’s next publications.

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