Meg Clothier

The Empress
  • The Empress

  • Meg Clothier

    A sweeping historical novel set in Constantinople at the time of the Crusades

    Constantinople, 1179
    Princess Agnes of France is thirteen when she marries the heir to Byzantium, and empire unmatched in wealth, power - and glamour.

    But once she sets foot in the Queen of Cities, a decadent world where dazzling luxury masks unspeakable cruelty, she realises that her husband has mighty enemies and treacherous allies.

    As emperors rise and fall, Agnes learns to play the City's game - until she falls for a handsome rebel and finds that love is the most perilous game of all.

    Glittering parties in marble palaces soon give way to bloody revolution, shipwreck and exile, and Agnes discovers there is no limit to what she will do to survive.

    But only when crusading knights from her homeland attack the City does she finally understand what is truly worth fighting for.

Meg Clothier studied Classics at Cambridge, spent a year sailing a yacht from England to Alaska, then - after a few false starts - became a journalist. Her last job was working for Reuters in their Moscow bureau before coming back to London to study for a masters degree in post-soviet politics. She first read about Tamar while writing a paper on Georgia and decided not to get another proper job but to write a novel instead. She has visited Georgia several times, most recently on honeymoon. She likes mountains, boats, learning languages and adventure stories.