In the year 1108, Sigurd the Crusader left Bergen with sixty ships and ten thousand men. They were going to Jerusalem to bring home a piece of the Cross of Christ. In Constantinople he meets a young Turkish woman. She has arrived as a refugee from Byzantium, he as a crusader. The meeting between Amina Arslan and King Sigurd ensures fatal consequences for the both of them.
Thorvald Steen’s Constantinople is an intense and cunning story of a failed crusade and a distressing encounter between East and West. With this book, Steen renews the possibilities of historical novels.