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Anna of Byzantium (1999)

de Tracy Barrett

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In the eleventh century the teenage princess Anna Comnena fights for her birthright, the throne to the Byzantine Empire, which she fears will be taken from her by her younger brother John because he is a boy.
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
simple fast read that was really well done. Think I am going to go back to Young Adult! ( )
  leebill | Apr 30, 2020 |
Novelized account of Princess Anna Comnena’s young life as she was being groomed by her grandmother to succeed her father as Empress of the Byzantine Empire. Anna’s mother is concerned by the deceit and manipulative ways of Anna’s grandmother’s lessons. Anna herself proves as stubborn, ambitious and strong-willed as her grandmother and that’s what is her downfall when she is overheard conspiring against her grandmother and brother. She is deposed as heir to the throne which goes to her hated brother who then exiles her to a convent in the mountains for the rest of her life.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Anna of Byzantium is loosely based on a historical figure, but I found her narrative voice in the first half of this book excruciatingly boring. The pace of the plot picked up about halfway through, and I ceased to be annoyed by the dryness of the tone, but overall it was not a great read. The main reason that I finished it is that I was pinned to the bed (by a nursing baby) and never got around to picking up another book in between nursing sessions.

That said, it did improve significantly in the last part of the book, and the history was good. I read the author bio in the back just after finishing it, which told me that this was the author's first novel. For a first effort, it was pretty good, but still the narrative voice wasn't engaging enough for me. ( )
  Amelia_Smith | May 2, 2015 |
I am too easily swayed to write a coherent review of this book, but I have been interested in the Crusades and this drew my attention. I would like to learn more about the Comnena family and this was a good start. ( )
  E.J | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Ilene Cooper (Booklist, April 1, 1999 (Vol. 95, No. 15))
In the tradition of E. L. Konigsburg's A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver (1973) and Karen Cushman's Catherine, Called Birdy (1994) comes this story of a real-life historical figure, Anna Commena, groomed to be the sovereign of the Byzantine empire. But events intervene, and the birth of a baby brother is just as bad as the invasion of barbarians. Barrett uses an effective first-person narrative to draw readers into Anna's story, and the author's precise use of detail helps re-create Anna's world, the palace of Constantinople in the ninth century. The story is told in a flashback; Anna has already been exiled to a convent by her brother for trying to overthrow him. Readers will be caught up in Anna's evolution as she moves from loving child and heir of the emperor to pawn in her grandmother's plan to continue as the power behind the throne to discarded princess, stripped of all she holds dear, especially her future. The author's note at the book's conclusion is informative, but it also raises several questions, including why Anna's brother, depicted as nasty and spiteful in the book, became one of the empire's most beloved emperors. The Byzantine empire is often neglected in studies of the Middle Ages. This exciting read--with a particularly enticing cover--will help change that oversight. Category: Middle Readers. 1999, Delacorte, $14.95. Gr. 5-7.
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