The High City

The High City It is the early years of the reign of Basil II who became one most successful and most feared Byzantine emperors But for now Basil rules as a co emperor with his brother Constantine and makes war

  • Title: The High City
  • Author: Cecelia Holland
  • ISBN: 9780765305596
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It is the early years of the reign of Basil II, who became one most successful, and most feared, Byzantine emperors But for now, Basil rules as a co emperor with his brother Constantine, and makes war on a would be usurper, Bardas Phokas, son of a General who Basil supplanted.Basil s most trusted troops are foreign mercenaries, the Varangian guard hired from the North RIt is the early years of the reign of Basil II, who became one most successful, and most feared, Byzantine emperors But for now, Basil rules as a co emperor with his brother Constantine, and makes war on a would be usurper, Bardas Phokas, son of a General who Basil supplanted.Basil s most trusted troops are foreign mercenaries, the Varangian guard hired from the North Rus and Norsemen, Viking raiders and wild horsemen from the steppes, they fall upon the elegant city of Constantinople like wolves on a garden party Among them is the wily young son of an Irish slave, who comes to the notice of the emperor s wife But being noticed by an angry emperor is not safe at all.

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    About "Cecelia Holland"

    1. Cecelia Holland

      Pen name used by Elizabeth Eliot Carter.Cecelia Holland is one of the world s most highly acclaimed and respected historical novelists, ranked by many alongside other giants in that field such as Mary Renault and Larry McMurtry Over the span of her thirty year career, she s written almost thirty historical novels, including The Firedrake, Rakessy, Two Ravens, Ghost on the Steppe, Death of Attila, Hammer For Princes, The King s Road, Pillar of the Sky, The Lords of Vaumartin, Pacific Street, Sea Beggars, The Earl, The King in Winter, The Belt of Gold, The Serpent Dreamer, The High City, Kings of the North, and a series of fantasy novels, including The Soul Thief, The Witches Kitchen, The Serpent Dreamer, and Varanger She also wrote the well known science fiction novel Floating Worlds, which was nominated for a Locus Award in 1975 Her most recent book is a new fantasy novel, Dragon Heart.

    646 thoughts on “The High City”

    1. Over the years, I have read almost a dozen of Cecelia Holland's exquisite historical novels. By my reckoning, The High City is the eleventh -- all of which were worth reading and made me swear to read more of her work. This is the 5th novel in the Raef Loosestrife series -- of which this is the only title I have read -- about a Varangian (Viking) who finds his way his the Constantinople of Basil II. That emperor is fighting off a pretender named Bardas Phocas. At several points, Raef has helped [...]


    2. Fluid and readable style, with ever-shifting scenes and points of view in a kaleidoscopic portrayal of Contantinople with Viking mercenaries. This was my first Holland novel. Overall, it lacked sufficient substance. All the publisher hype notwithstanding, there is a paucity of detail as to the setting and daily life. Everyone eats lentils and unnamed "meat" wrapped in "flat bread". Really, the food research would not have been very taxing for this era! Dress/costume receives but cursory attentio [...]


    3. In Constantinople at the turn of the first millennium, the early years of the reign of Basil II were racked by civil war and his wife's murderous intrigue. This historical novel from the pen of Cecelia Holland captures that intrigue and the glory of the Byzantine empire within an exciting adventure story format. It is one of many volumes she has written over the years and it is both entertaining and educational for those who enjoy this genre. Cecelia Holland is an American novelist, born in Neva [...]


    4. Cecelia Holland has been my favorite historical fiction author for as long as I can remember -- and "The High City" is yet another wonderful evocation of the past.Holland's style is cryptic, and the reader must pay attention, or the blanks won't be filled in. But the action is steady, the characters real, and the historical detail precise."The High City" continues the tale of the sons of Corban, in the 10th century, and though it seems hard to believe, the range of experiences by the Northmen, f [...]


    5. The story of a Dane who finds himself in Constantinople with the emperor Basil, around 1000 AD. I think it is in the midst of a series, so there wasn't much backstory for the characters. What I really liked about this story is that the male-female relationships were neither passionately romantic love affairs nor sordid encounters with prostitutes nor brutal--in historical fiction you so often get only the extremes. Rather here there were events and emotions that rang true.



    6. This is a beautifully written historical novel which completely transports the reader into the violent, gaudy, perilous world of the Byzantine Empire during the reign of Basil II. If you love adventure with dramatic fight scenes and strong characters, which gives you an easy way in to a fascinating period of history along the way, then this is for you. I think I may have enjoyed this book more as a younger reader - much of the action and set-up was quite sad. I also found it hard to empathise co [...]


    7. This is a book about war, ancient wars battled in the name of power. Instead of electronic blasts they’ve got swords and catapults. There are some nasty torture scenes. I was reading one page on the tram and a fella was standing next to me and read what I was reading. Then he uttered, ‘Sick’.I nodded, ‘Yep.’It was probably the worst scene in the book, skewering the Delphinas between the legs on a spike and leaving him sitting on it to twitch. Yep. Sick as. But in view of the setting an [...]


    8. I haven't actually read it - or rather finished it. Each time I find a new Cecilia Holland book I hope that it is going to be just as brilliant and just as enthralling and just as original as "Floating Worlds" and each time I'm disappointed. There's a flatness of style which leaves me disconnected and dissatisfied.


    9. I stopped reading this one before I was even 1/4th of the way through. I usually like Cecilia Holland books but this one had a military setting and too much fighting for my taste. Others might like it though.


    10. Well written. This is the 1st book in this series I've read so I am pursuing the others. I am not a fan of the fantasy aspect but a good picture of the times is created.


    11. I very much enjoyed this continuation of the stories of Raef the North American born mystical viking.


    12. Good pace, interesting characters. I don't think I'll go find the rest of the series, but it reads OK as a standalone.


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