Thorvald Steen

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.


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  • FinnishLike
  • FrenchCalmann-Lévy
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  • Konstantinopel
  • 1999
  • Tiden Norsk Forlag
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 303 pages