By Christobel Kent
While deepest investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to wait a glamorous release get together for a luxurious place of abode overlooking the glittering expanse of Florence, he has no inspiration what he's jogging into. at the back of the traditional and plush facade of Palazzo San Giorgio, there lies a chain of poor secrets and techniques; an outdated torture chamber, hidden for hundreds of years within the bowels of the construction, and a way more fresh malevolence. the previous head of safeguard for this elite improvement has simply died less than suspicious conditions and Sandro reveals himself—quite literally—stepping into useless man's footwear. He quickly discovers that different unsavory incidents have tainted the distinguished commencing. while one of many citizens is located murdered in her room, occasions start to spiral uncontrolled. Sandro needs to paintings to untangle the complicated net of relationships that exists among citizens and employees to unmask a perilous killer, during this outstanding new Florentine secret via Christobel Kent.
The new crime novel within the acclaimed Detective Sandro Cellini secret sequence, which reveals Cellini investigating once more "the savage passions and politics that lie underneath" Florentine society.
— The Guardian
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For example, in 440 the White Huns had destroyed the Kushans and proceeded to terrorise eastern Parthia, their attacks culminating in the death of King Peroz in 484. Furthermore, they too were prone to civil wars, even after Varham V neutralised much of the internal strife by conceding many of his royal prerogatives in 421. Around the year 484, shortly before the reign of Justinian, there was a civil war between Peroz’s sons, Kavad and Zamasp. With this in mind, it is easy to come to the conclusion that what Roman emperors desired from Persia was a relatively-strong buffer state that was easy to negotiate with, protecting Rome from barbarians further east.
The new, changed Roman Army was at war with three different enemies: the exotic army of the Persians, which sometimes included elephants; the army of the Goths, which relied more on cavalry; and the totally mounted ‘knight’ army of the Vandals (a precursor of the later, medieval knights). Recent research has improved our knowledge of the organisation of these armies and this allows a new emphasis and analysis to be made of the military campaigns of Belisarius. In order to keep the length of the book within reasonable limits two compromises have had to be made.
It would appear that as time and his work progressed he slowly lost faith in Belisarius, which is why his portrayal of his hero slowly declines from adulation to scepticism. However, despite some inaccuracies, his work does stand up to modern criticism and is, on the whole, reliable despite the bias. Another book that Procopius wrote is De Aedificus, a panegyric praising Justinian for his empire-wide building programme. This can be seen as a belated attempt to gain the emperor’s favour. Justinian is unlikely to have been impressed at his portrayal in the Wars, where he is given a lower profile than Belisarius and is sometimes criticised in the book, for example due to a perceived lack of support for the great general.