It was possibly the greatest sea battle the world had ever experienced. The full weight of the massive Islamic world–a united empire stretching from Spain to the Indus–was laying siege to Constantinople in 715AD. In a last desperate attempt to break the siege, the Byzantines unleashed their navy. They had a secret weapon–Greek Fire.
It seemed as though the battle was lost for the Muslims. Their ships were stretched out on convoys and the Greek Fire was menacing. But then an accident happened–or perhaps is was a miracle.
A Byzantine sailor slipped and dropped his torch. The torch rolled across the deck and down the stairs into the hold. A moment later, the centre of the Byzantine navy exploded.
The remnants of the Byzantine navy were chased back into port. The city began to starve. Then it opened its gates to the armies of Islam.
With the fall of Constantinople, the doors of Europe were swung open. Soon, Muslim missionaries were spreading the word of Allah to the deepest forests of Europe. Some even entered the court of a young Charlemagne who would go on to conquer a new Holy Roman Empire–but this one wasn’t Christian. It was Islamic.
Follow the events of the first century of this fascinating alternate history of Rome. You will find Vikings in the desert, a castaway Pope, a mysterious lost Great Library and a renewed Roman pride bolstered by the fanaticism of Islamic Jihad.
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