Anna of Byzantium (Laurel-Leaf Books) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
or
Amazon Prime Free Trial required. Sign up when you check out. Learn More
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Anna of Byzantium (Laurel-Leaf Books) on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Anna of Byzantium [Mass Market Paperback]

Tracy Barrett
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
List Price: CDN$ 7.99
Price: CDN$ 7.59 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details
You Save: CDN$ 0.40 (5%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Want it delivered Tuesday, July 29? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition --  
School & Library Binding CDN $16.89  
Mass Market Paperback CDN $7.59  
Join Amazon Student in Canada


Book Description

Oct. 10 2000 Laurel-Leaf Books
Anna Comnena has every reason to feel entitled. She's a princess, her father's firstborn and his chosen successor. Someday she expects to sit on the throne and rule the vast Byzantine Empire. So the birth of a baby brother doesn't perturb her. Nor do the "barbarians" from foreign lands, who think only a son should ascend to power. Anna is as dismissive of them as are her father and his most trusted adviser--his mother, a manipulative woman with whom Anna studies the art of diplomacy. Anna relishes her lessons, proving adept at checkmating opponents in swift moves of mental chess. But as she matures into a young woman, her arrogance and intelligence threaten her grandmother. Anna will be no one's puppet. Almost overnight, Anna sees her dreams of power wrenched from her and bestowed on her little brother. Bitter at the betrayal, Anna waits to avenge herself, and to seize what is rightfully hers.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Details


Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

This uneven first novel is narrated by Anna, the first-born daughter of the Emperor of Byzantium, poised to inherit the throne. Inspired by the real Anna Comnena (1083-1153) who chronicled her father's reign in The Alexiad, the story begins in a convent, where 17-year-old Anna lives in exile. Most of the book flashes back to the princess's upbringing and her attempt on her brother John's life that led to her monastic imprisonment. Although the author successfully evokes an aura of claustrophobia within the castle and convent, she provides few details to distinguish one setting from another. The scenes in the throne room involving visiting dignitaries or soldiers do little to illustrate the pageantry or politics of the age, and the main characters lack definitionAwith the exception of the Machiavellian grandmother. Anna herself, with her education in history, classics and science, may reverse any preconceived assumptions about the ignorance and lowly position of women in the Middle Ages, but her character as portrayed here is not likable until the book's conclusion. Readers may not stay around long enough to witness her humbling fall from power and transition to scholar. Ages 10-up. (June)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-10-The 11th-century Byzantine princess Anna Comnena was a remarkable woman. Designated as a child to inherit the throne, she was educated to be a ruler. She learned, from her mother and grandmother, to manipulate the intrigues and factions of the court, and when she was displaced as heir by her brother, she schemed, without success, to assassinate him and regain her position. In this novel, Anna tells her own story, looking back on her former life from the convent to which she has been banished. The first-person device serves well to focus the action on the princess and to build a plausible character study of a brilliant and tempestuous young woman frustrated and embittered by the loss of her expectations of achieving supreme power. However, the book exemplifies the difficulty of writing a historical novel about a real person. Anna's brother is depicted throughout as a spoiled monster who (in contrast to the brilliant Anna) refuses to learn to read. Yet historians characterize John's rule as one of personal virtue and administrative competence and tell that he forgave his sister for her many conspiracies against him. Barrett acknowledges in an afterword that she "changed some of the facts," but, unfortunately, it is the story she spins that will remain with young readers. Still, few books, with the notable exception of Peter Dickinson's The Dancing Bear (Little, Brown, 1972; o.p.), have as their backdrop the colorful and historically significant Byzantine Empire.
Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
When I woke up this morning, I could see through my window-slit that the winter sky was dark. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging April 22 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anna is set to take over her father's empire as the future heir. She has been training for this her whole life, when suddenly, her negative comments about her grandmother take their toll. Her brother is to be the new heir, and Anna is astounded. Life is suddenly torture. Anna and her mother plot to gain the throne back, but the scheme backfires and Anna is sent away.
I liked the novel because it grabs your attention until the end. The emotions are real and insightful. The backdrop of the ancient empire is most realistic. This story isn't predictable and leaves itself open to the possibility of a sequel, which I would love to read.
I did not like how much the main character suffered. It made the book slightly frustrating and depressing at times.
Overall, I would recommend this book as a good read. Those who like history will probably like this book, as will those interested in the days long past.
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Description of an awesome book March 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anna of Byzantium is about the first born Princess of the Byzantium kingdom. In her young years, she gets a younger brother, who she despises since first sight. The boy grows up spoiled by his nurse, since their mother becomes sick after the birth. Because of this, he never comes into the classroom with Anna and her sister, Maria, and always throws tantrums over anything he wants or doesn't want (and always gets his way.) She gets betrothed to her cousin, Constantine. Anna's grandma starts 'teaching' her how to run the empire, since she was the heir. Her grandma talks about affairs, how to run this and that, but also puts down Anna's mother's family.
Anna and her mom try to tell the King of what his mother is doing, but she denies it, so he won't believe them. A lot of history between Anna's mother and grandmother rise up.
Anna, while talking to her tutor, talks about how when she goes to rule the kingdom, she will first kill her brother off. Her brother, being taught by their grandmother, hides out wherever Anna is and tells on her whenever he hears anything. So, he runs straight to his father and Anna is confronted on it. She is scared for her life then because it was death for whoever wished death on a royal.
But, she gets off, but she's not the heir anymore...her brother is. Her father and once betrothed, Constantine, go to war...her father gets sick, and Constantine dies. After her father's death, her brother ends up banning her from the library (where she spends all her time.)
Anna and her mother start a plot on killing Anna's brother. Anna goes to put medicine that was deadly (that she got before her father died by his sickbed) and tried to put it in her brother's cup (he had a king's cup, so no one else's was like his, and only he could drink from it.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The main reasons why I liked this book was because it did not have the all to common happy ending and Anna was portrayed as middle ages princess, not a modern thinking girl. She had a bit of a temper and was rather selfish at times, whiich I thought made her character all the more interesting. A must read book, filled with lessons to be learned
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME READ FOR ALL AGES July 29 2003
By DiAnne
Format:Hardcover
This is a book which contains elements suited for readers of all types of books. I would recommend this as a must read for anyone from young adult to adult. It has romance, suspense, betrayal, history, and more to keep readers riveted and anxious to see what happens next. Tracy Barrett has proven with her very first novel that reading can be entertaining as well as a learning experience. I hope to read many more books in the future by this author!!
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Anna, Anna, Anna June 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The subject matter of this book makes it interesting: a look at the life of Anna Comnena, who was SUPPOSED to become empress. However, some problems abound in this book. First off, the beginning of the book lets us know what happens at the end! Secondly, Anna is not a very likable person in the book, so many times, I found it hard to feel bad for her. Lastly, I felt the author could have expanded on details. Except for the strong personalities of Anna's grandmother and her teacher, Simon, many other characters seemed to be merely window dressing. Don't get me wrong, the book was not HORRID. However, I think some more details and concentrating on characters might have enhanced it. If you are interested about Anna Comnena, I would say read this book. It does have it's exciting parts, and the author at the end tells you what she changed for the sake of fictionalizing the story, which is a nice touch. I also like how she includes a family tree at the beginning, so we can see how everyone is related.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna of Byzantium April 22 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anna of Byzantium is a great book. Byzantium is a very little part of the Middle Age.
Anna who was the first born of Emporer, and heir to the thrown is being taught stateship from her grandmother; the advisor to the Emporer who rules him. When Anna starts showing signs of arrogance against her grandmother, and 'spills the beans' about wanting to have killed her brother John when she was a small child, Anna's Grandmother persuades's her father to remove Anna as the heir, and to make the heir John.
This book is well written and shows the trials and tribulations of a princess who has a mind of her own.
The reason that I enjoy this book is because it pulls you into the life of Anna.
I highly reccomend this book for Young Adults.
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best children's books I've ever read!
So many children's book are about nothing at all, stupid and boring. They prepare a child to read Tom Clancy (or some other big name author) books I guess. Read more
Published on March 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Have I Read Such A Captivating Book
I must start off with saying that I have read hundreds of books over the last years of my life. Never, never have I picked up a book and been so captivated with it and so into it... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2003 by "royaldiaryfan2000"
4.0 out of 5 stars The Perils of Royalty.
Royalty seems like something that is perfect; but this is false in Anna Comnena's case. Ever since Anna's birth she has been proclaimed to be her father's chosen successor. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003 by Maryam
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!!!
I've been reading various historical fiction since I could read, and it doesn't get much better than this. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2002 by "kandladin"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting View of Anna Comnena's Life
I just finished reading this book a few days ago, and I must say, I simply loved it. The story is about Anna Comnena, a Byzantine princess who lived in the 1000s. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I'm probably too old for "Anna of Byzantium", for I found it a touch simplistic -- especially for, y'know, a *Byzantine* story. Still, it was a fun read. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2002 by Abigail Goutal
4.0 out of 5 stars I Never Knew About Anna!
I was first attracted to this book by its wonderful cover-I just had to know about the character depicted there! Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2002 by Allyn
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category


Feedback