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False Ambassador (Byzantine Trilogy #2)

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  6 ratings  ·  2 reviews
A historical novel set at the end of the Middle Ages rich in ideas, colour and action
ebook, 392 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Dedalus (first published August 2001)
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(original read aug 2011) This is a very good book but falls short of the masterpiece it could have been with a scattered last third that reads like a collection of vignettes more than a novel.

The first 2/3 following narrator Thomas Deerham - a page of an English nobleman in the 100 Years War - from the siege of Orleans where his master dies, to his induction in the ranks of a mercenary company and then later to accompany the noted humanist (and future Pope) Picollomini on a diplomatic mission fo
Starts out as a historical description of the life of an unpleasant, whiny teenager. About 30% through it inexplicably turns into porn. I *might* have liked it if it had made Thomas even remotely likeable, but instead I gave up at about 50% when it became clear that consent was optional, in general, and not particularly important even to Thomas. Definitely period appropriate, but not very appealing, and added to the generally unpleasant mood of the story. I didn't see any delight at all, just mi ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Byzantine Trilogy (4 books)
  • Theodore
  • Memoirs of a Byzantine Eunuch
  • Mappamundi

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