Saturday, June 18, 2011

The High City
Cecelia Holland

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.  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 Nevada, educated at Pennsylvania State University. Most of her novels are based on historical subjects including her first, The Firedrake (1966), which explores past history from the fall of Rome onwards. The Death of Attila (1973) and The Belt of Gold (1984) encompass the Dark Ages; Until the Sun Falls (1969) is set in Mongol Asia; The Earl (1971) and several companion volumes deal with medieval Europe; and Home Ground (1981) is set in the contemporary world, as is Pacific Street (1992). Even her first science fiction tale, Floating Worlds (1976), unfolds an environment which seems to reflect some actual domain.

Cecelia Holland (Cecelia Anastasia Holland) Biography - (1943– ), (Cecelia Anastasia Holland), The Firedrake, The Death of Attila, The Belt of Gold

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