Historical Novel, ©
was the final bastion of the once great Roman Empire and of Christianity
on Asia Minor. The story of the last siege and capture of this Eastern
Star by the Ottoman Turks in 1453, has often been told.
Yet there will
always be those who are apt to be moved deeply by its recounting, for it
is a solemn tale of courage, betrayal and tragedy, appealing to the core
of the universal human heart.
Drawn upon the blood-soaked tapestry of its last decade,
Constantinople, My Love revolves around Bianca Romanos, a spirited
woman of legendary beauty with Latin and Greek blood, and Kayhan
Alkibiades, the handsome and visionary Greek/Turkish general (who is also
an ancestor of the 20th
century Burhan Kayhanolu). Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, the third
protagonist in this novel, is historically renown for having paved the
road to Renaissance through his conquest of Constantinople, yet he has
almost never been intimately explored in fiction.
Bianca is the
daughter of the Bishop Alexander Romanos, whose goal is to unite the
Eastern and Western Churches. He hopes to secure the protection of the
Papal Fleet against the encroaching hordes of the Ottoman Turk. Kayhan is
the favorite son of the Greek shipping magnate Yhorgos Alkibiades and his
concubine, the Turkoman Princess Niesan. Yhorgos espouses the Byzantine
Orthodox faction who prefer the Turkish turban to the Papal miter. Doing a
brisk international business under the aegis of the Sultan, he is a sworn
enemy of Biancas father for his determination to fight the Turk to his
friends, Bianca and Kayhan are bound with a passion unmarred by the
vicious strife between their families, as well as the religious battle
that rages amidst their beloved, but soon to be doomed, city. However, as
the Crescent-bearing Horseman catapults the Eastern Star towards its
eclipse, they will be torn apart by loyalties to family and state.
embodies the irrevocable past, Kayhan the unavoidable future, and
separating them, soars the bridge-in-time, the legendary city of