Queen of Cities, by Andrew Novo
Queen of Cities (318 pages) is a historical fiction novel by Andrew Novo. 1453: An army is marching. The Turkish sultan Mehmed has declared war on Constantinople. This is an age of armored heroes and high-walled cities, of Machiavellian mistresses and scheming politicians, of religious conflict and the clash of empires. The stone, silk and steel of the 15th century come to life in an epic drama that reverberates in our own time.
1453 – An army is marching. The Turkish sultan, Mehmed, brilliant, and ambitious, has declared war on Constantinople. In Queen of Cities, Andrew Novo evokes an age of armored heroes and high-walled cities, of Machiavellian mistresses and scheming politicians, of religious conflict and the clash of empires.
With the scrupulous eye of an historian, the author reveals a city caught in a life and death struggle, targeted for conquest by the world’s most powerful man. The stone, silk, and steel of the fifteenth century come to life in an epic drama that reverberates in our own time.
The battle rages on land and sea with deadly machines of destruction. In this conflict, the fate of two civilizations, two faiths, and Constantinople, the Queen of Cities, will be decided
Andrew Novo was born in New York City and completed his doctoral degree in history at the University of Oxford. While studying classical history at Princeton, he was inspired to begin this novel about the fall of Constantinople. He is a specialist in the history of the Mediterranean world, both ancient and modern and works as a researcher and writer for Harvard University. Queen of Cities in his first novel.
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