17 April 2019
More Roman intrigue now with 5th century Emperor Zeno who ruled over the Eastern European empire based on Constantinople for 17 years.
Author: PETER CRAWFORD
Reviewed by: Duncan Evans
More Roman intrigue now with 5th century Emperor Zeno who ruled over the Eastern European empire based on Constantinople for 17 years. That he managed to do so for long is testament to how good a political and military leader he was, in the face of endless court scheming and the threat of roaming tribes as Attila the Hun’s eastern empire collapsed. It’s packed with detail but does resort to plenty of speculation to fill in the gaps. There’s a colour plate section in the middle for artefacts and this breaks up what is a fairly heavy going narrative. It’s worthy, but not overly entertaining.
• Pen and Sword
• 366 pages • Hardback • £25
As reviewed in The Armourer June 2019
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