The Aethelham Chronicles
The Gold of Byzantium
A tale of war, murder and intrigue

Constantinople, 1155

Fresh from the civil war in England, arrives, Edward, thegn of Aethelham. Having lost his lands in England, he comes to the golden city of Constantinople as a mercenary in the Varangian guard. Having narrowly escaping death in an insolated fort on the borders of the Empire, Edward comes back to the city to hear that the Varangians' commander's mutilated corpse has been found in a dark alley of Constantinople. When Edward's wife is almost killed by an unknown assasin, the thegn of Aethelham investigates into his captain's murder. But what he finds is dark conspiracy that leads to very heights of the Empire.