Ghost Empire Read Online Free - GHOST EMPIRE is a rare treasure - an utterly captivating blend of the historical and the contemporary, realised by a master storyteller.
In 2014, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire - centred around the legendary Constantinople - we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. The clash of civilizations, the fall of empires, the rise of Christianity, revenge, lust, murder. Turbulent stories from the past are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his son.
GHOST EMPIRE is a revelation: a beautifully written ode to a lost civilization, and a warmly observed father-son adventure far from home.
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November 24, 2016
I have just finished “Ghost Empire” by Richard Fidler and what a delightful read it was! Basically it’s a popular, easy to read, history of Constantinople. The narrative is mixed in with a personal account of the modern version of this city that the author and his son, Joe, experienced and observ...
August 07, 2016
With this extraordinarily ambitious book, Richard Fidler throws himself into telling one of the world’s great stories: the rise and fall of Constantinople, the magnificent eastern Roman city that endured for 1000 years and saw every aspect of human nature unfold within and outside its imposing wa...
October 22, 2017
This digest of 1000 years has resolved some questions for which answers were only vague in my mind: Was Constantinople still (part of) the Roman Empire when it fell to the Ottomans? Why does the Catholic Church have a separate “Orthodox” church? What (anything!) about the Crusades attack on Chris...
November 23, 2016
Richard Fidler is careful to point out that he’s not a historian, but a history lover. He is a marvellous story-teller, though. He takes us on a roller-coaster of a ride, telling the history of The Byzantine Empire. And what a story - from the glory days, with Constantinople flourishing as the ce...
December 07, 2016
What a challenge! To condense the massive history of Byzantium from 657 BC-1453AD in readable, accessible prose that shares a deep love of history.
Richard Fidler begins with the disclosure "I learnt nothing about Byzantium in school." While I loved both Ancient and Modern History in school I ret...
November 27, 2016
I am writing this review as the news is coming through that Donald Trump has just been elected POTUS. Intriguing times! I guess comparisons could be made between the Byzantium empire and the American Empire and its respective leaders. However, I doubt that the American empire will last 1123 years...
March 22, 2017
I listened to this book in sections while driving to and from work. I found it enormously hard to get out of the car on quite a few occasions. This is a 500 page book so there is a lot of listening and it was worth it. I knew quite a bit of the history of Constantinople before this book but loved...
December 19, 2017
I really enjoyed this - as someone who knows frightfully little about Roman history (East Roman history, at least, I've got a passing knowledge of the Republic and early Imperial), it was quite a good biography of a fascinating and important city.
Fidler goes through the entire history of Byzantiu...
January 14, 2018
Fidler is well known for his radio interviews and podcasts. While reading his book I could hear his voice, the way he excitedly tells of a new fact or event or throws in a cheeky but intelligent aside.
His book of Constantinople, inspired after he and his 14 year old son visited Istanbul, is a ve...
January 10, 2018
An excellent telling of the history of the Byzantine empire & a modern tale of exploring the history of Constantinople in modern Istanbul. Well written & the audiobook version is read by the author. Worth your time.