The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry

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The city of Byzantium is in accute danger. For Anna, the brutal conflict only echoes her own life. Recently arrived in Byzantium to find out why her brother has been exiled for a murder she believes he did not commit, Anna is forced to pose as a eunuch so that she can move freely in all levels of society.

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Anne Perry on The Sheen on the Silk

I wanted to try something different and challenging, and yet still within the categories of historical fiction, and mystery. I felt it must be set in a place and time which gripped my imagination, was filled with both physical and emotional conflict, yet preferably not one already exhaustively explored. My agent suggested Byzantium: beautiful, complex, sophisticated, and in the 13th century, embattled on all sides. The Latin crusaders had already burned the city, stolen its treasures and murdered or exiled its people in 1204. They returned from exile only in 1262. To the north and east was Russia and the hordes of the Great Khan, to the south the rising power of Islam.

In the midst of this, the thousand-year-old Byzantine Empire is trying to rebuild its fire-scarred city and its ruined trade and economy. Before the sack by the crusaders, it was the end of the Silk Road from the east, of the spice trade, the crossroads of Europe and Asia, ancient, subtle and rich. When my novel opens, the Empire is on the brink of a final ruin from which it will never rise. If it does not renounce its Orthodox Christian faith and submit to the Pope in Rome, the crusade being planned will decimate it forever.

Into this cauldron of emotions comes Anna Zarides, a young woman physician whose twin brother has been accused of murdering the nobleman who was leading the resistance against Rome, and the abandonment of the Orthodox faith. Anna cannot believe he is guilty, and disguises herself as a eunuch, so she can move freely in society, treating both men and women, in order to prove his innocence. She is a brilliant doctor, practicing Christian medicine openly, and Arabic and Jewish medicine discreetly. (My research for this was fascinating!) She must not be caught either with the far more effective alien medicine, or in the deceit of pretending to be a man when she is not--the punishment for either would be very serious. She must remain safe while keeping her medical integrity, and weave her way through political and religious intrigue to solve a murder and expose a terrible plot, all as a city faces its final invasion and disaster.

Other characters include a Roman bishop, subtle and devious, desperate to find a passion in life; a Byzantine eunuch bishop who confuses faith in God with loss of power; a half Venetian, half Byzantine sailor/adventurer seeking his own identity torn between nations at war with each other (with whom Anna falls in love); and a woman who escaped the ruin of the city in 1204, as a tiny child, and lives to revenge the family she saw murdered and the city she loved and identified with. The rape of Byzantium was like a defilement of herself that she can never forgive.

I hope I have caught the passion and the conflict of faith and survival, as well as some of the reality of the search we all make for what truth to believe in, and what costs we must pay to find our own spiritual honor. --Anne Perry

About the Author :

Anne Perry is a New York Times bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy and exploration of social and ethical issues. Her two series, one featuring Thomas Pitt and one featuring William Monk, have been published in multiple languages. Anne Perry has also published a successful series based around World War One and the Reavley family, and the recent standalone novel The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry was selected by The Times as one of the twentieth century's '100 Masters of Crime'.

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