Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett

Anna Comnenus is the heir to the throne of Byzantium, but then her power-hungry grandmother realizes she cannot control and twist the child for her own purposes. Anna is an intelligent thinker and, guided by her slave schoolmaster, learns her history.

Anna was a real person who wrote an eleven-book epic about her father, The Alexiad. Her book is where we get much of our information about Byzantium today. Anna of Byzantium is an excellent historical fiction about Anna. The author’s note at the end tells what is real and what was made up or changed. I found the story extremely engaging and well-written. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or is studying the Byzantine Empire.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 60
Pages Read in 2017: 17,810
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Fritz for Next School Year

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