"A brilliant reconstruction of the saga of power, glory, and invasion that is the one-thousand year story of Constantinople. A truly marvelous book." --Simon Winchester
Ghost Empire is a rare treasure--an utterly captivating blend of the historical and the contemporary, narrated by a master storyteller. The story is a revelation: a beautifully written ode to a lost civilization combined with a warmly observed father-son adventure far from home.
In 2014, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire--centered around the legendary Constantinople--we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. The clash of civilizations, the fall of empires, the rise of Christianity, revenge, lust, murder. Turbulent stories from the past are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his son.
"This was such an unexpected joy - instead of a dry and dusty catalogue of people and places, Richard Fidler takes us through a thousand-year collection of personalities and relationships, presented with the colour and vibrancy of a madcap extended family as if to some naive newcomer at a wedding. I had to ration out the last few chapters ten and twenty pages at a time because I didn't want this book to end!" --- Adam (staff)