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The Lion of Mistra

This is a rich tale of clashing empires, trade wars and tempestuous love in an age when the fate of the world hung on the survival of Byzantium; an age that made the modern world. The Ottoman Turks are at the gates of Constantinople and Luke Magoris, descended from princes of England, has to find a fortune to build defences for his beloved Mistra, the last glorious outpost of Imperial Rome, as well as saving the Emperor. He turns to China, to the Ming Empire, for trade and to Renaissance Italy for its rapidly developing banks. Both are entirely new roles for Luke and his Varangian brotherhood and many pitfalls befall him. And yet the Varangian treasure - which only he can uncover - may hold the key to all. The third novel in the epic Rise of Empires series sees its hero Luke finally come face to face with his destiny to save Byzantium.
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About the Author

James Heneage is the founder of the Ottakars chain of bookshops and the co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival. He has been fascinated by history, in particular Byzantine history, since a child. He now lives part of the year in the Peloponnese, where he has written much of his three novels to date. Otherwise he lives near Salisbury with his wife and family.


An electrifying historical novel * Good Book Guide * A compelling narrative of intrigue, love and war * Bookseller * A stirring tale of the struggle for Byzantium, Heneage brings to life both the tragedy and theheroism * Tom Holland * Fascinating historical mysteries and vivid colourful characters. One hell of a fine book * Conn Iggulden, bestselling author of Wars of the Roses *

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