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Goodreads asked Eileen Stephenson:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Eileen Stephenson A number of years ago I picked up John Julius Norwich's history, A Short History of Byzantium. I had few expectations of it since I thought my knowledge of history pretty thorough. Can I say I was wrong?

I found Byzantine history to be an exciting, dynamic and utterly unexpected pleasure to learn about. What surprised me was that so few novelists had ever tackled it. I decided to remedy that situation.

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