PLACENTIA, Calif. (PRWEB) June 26, 2013
Romeo and Juliet. Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. Tales of tragic romances have always held humanity’s heart. Author Gabriella K. Kolias brings this theme to a new level in her new book “Cassiane: A Historical Novel Of Legendary Love” (published by AuthorHouse).
“Cassiane” takes the reader through the lives of two prominent members of the Byzantine Empire during the iconoclastic movement.
Theophilos was the crown prince of Byzantium. Cassiane was a patrician of the court. Deep love is put to the test through Byzantine politics and class systems. Throughout the book, a glimpse of life in the 9th century is shown through the intertwining stories of Theophilos and Cassiane. The reader is pulled into a story of not only love, but historical fact with a dab of mystery.
An excerpt from “Cassiane”:
“Prince Theophilos, dressed as a monk, sneaks into Cassiane’s garden and enters her private chapel where she does her evening prayers. He kneels close to her and waits.
“Good Evening,” she says, “May I ask how you entered this private property? I have never seen you before.” At that moment he rose and pushed back the hood of his garment to reveal his face.
“Oh my God!” she gasped. “The Crown Prince!”
“Your Highness, you…you… should not be here!” she stammered, not knowing what else to say.
“Cassiane, I am not a prince when I am in your presence. I am simply a humble man madly in love with you and the fact that I am jeopardizing everything to come and see you proves my sincerity.””
“Crown Prince Theophilos was a contemporary of Cassiane. Historians tell us that Cassiane was a patrician who was invited to the palace to partake in a beauty pageant so that the prince could choose his wife,” explains Kolias “The Orthodox Church, today, considers Cassiane a learned, pious woman who devoted herself to God and charities; she was a gifted writer who wrote religious essays, prayers and poems.”
About the Author
Gabriella Kolias is a native of Cyprus. Growing up surrounded by Byzantine churches and monuments, she developed a great interest in Byzantine history and culture. She immigrated to America to be with her father and immediately entered Indiana University and graduated with a degree in foreign languages and social studies. She taught French and Spanish for many years.
Mrs. Kolias has written several articles and essays about Byzantine life and culture. She has also written a book about Empress Irene. She believes her original story would make a great musical or movie. The author resides in California.
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