Theodora of Constantinople by Elizabeth Elson
Approx. 84,910 words.
Published on April 15, 2012.
This novel, based on the life of Theodora, is set in the back streets of Constantinople and the vibrant court of Emperor Justinian during the waning days of the Roman Empire. Disgraced after performing a lewd act on the Hippodrome stage, Theodora begins a journey that brings her from the depths of despair to the arms of an emperor, but an ancient law forbids their royal marriage.