|Publication Date||December 15, 2011|
This 15,500 word micro-book is the third in Lars Brownworth's "Byzantium: The Rise of the Macedonians" series.
On a late summer day in 944, a great procession entered through the Golden Gate of Constantinople and wound its way down the Via Triumphalis. There was no conquering hero or popular emperor in the lead. At it's head was the holiest relic in Christendom, a shroud of Christ miraculously printed with His image. This was the high point of Romanus Lecapenus’ reign, the culmination of more than twenty years of careful diplomacy and stewardship. The poor son of an unschooled father had restored the Roman Empire to much of its eastern glory. And yet, the great emperor was not there to enjoy his moment. He lay on his sickbed in the palace, tormented by his sins and seeing ominous signs of judgment all around him. Finally he rose and called for an attendant. Even if it caused his destruction, the Macedonian line would be returned to the throne.
Lars Brownworth created the genre-defining 12 Byzantine Rulers podcast, which prompted the New York Times to liken him to some of history's great popularizers. He is author of the book "Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization", which is available in bookstores and online. He speaks at various conferences and is currently working on a podcast that brings to life the reign of the Normans.