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The Sleepless One

By (author) Ross Laidlaw
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Birlinn General, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Imprint: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited
Published: 11th Aug 2010
Dimensions: w 135mm h 215mm d 30mm
Weight: 425g
ISBN-10: 1846971586
ISBN-13: 9781846971587
Barcode No: 9781846971587
Nephew of a semi-literate peasant, Justinian I was one of the most fascinating of the Roman emperors. His reign marked a blossoming of Byzantine culture, and his prolific building works yielded such masterpieces as the church of Hagia Sophia, which remains the third largest church in Christendom. Although he never took part in military campaigns personally he managed to expand considerably the Eastern Roman Empire's territory. Justinian's wife Theodora, daughter of a bear keeper and former prostitute, was his partner in one of the greatest love stories in history. After her early death - in her forties - Justinian was devastated and sought oblivion in work, becoming known as the Emperor who never sleeps.

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