6th Century

The Last Roman: Honour

By Jack Ludlow - Published 2015



The second in the series, this is part of the fictionalised biography of Flavius Belisarius, hero of the Byzantine Empire under the rule ...Read Review

The Last Roman: Vengeance

By Jack Ludlow - Published 2014



This is the first novel in a projected trilogy, and it starts with a bang. Flavius Belisarius is in the schoolroom having a ...Read Review

The Silk Tree

By Julian Stockwin - Published 2014


There came certain monks who promised Emperor Justinian Augustus that they would provide the means for making silk from Sinae where they had ...Read Review

The Rood and the Torc: The Song of Kristinge, Son of Finn

By Matthew Dickerson - Published 2014


656 AD, Europe. An eighteen-year-old novice at the monastery of Luxeuil learns unexpectedly of his true parentage. Kristinge is not the son of Willimond, ...Read Review

Time of the Beast

By Geoff Smith - Published 2014


In 666 A.D., Athwold, a young monk who has found himself at personal and doctrinal loggerheads with his abbot, leaves his monastery to ...Read Review

Saint Brigid’s Bones: A Celtic Adventure

By Philip Freeman - Published 2014



In this swiftly told tale set in 6th-century Ireland, Sister Deirdre is tasked with the most important job of the monastery at Kildare: ...Read Review

To Forestall the Darkness

By Vann Turner - Published 2013


Turner’s gripping novel brings alive a period of history seldom visited by historical fiction: sixth- century Italy at a time when waves ...Read Review

Faces in the Fire

By Donnita L. Rogers - Published 2013


A series, of which this is the first, based on the women of Beowulf written by a woman who taught the epic in ...Read Review

In the Shadow of the Sword

By Tom Holland - Published 2013



This is certainly a book with a difference. It is cited as fiction, but I would suggest that that is far from the ...Read Review

The Secret History

By Stephanie Thornton - Published 2013


Biographical Fiction

A whore who rose to become empress, Theodora was the woman who co-ruled Byzantium in the 6th century, but her life wasn’t ...Read Review