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Michael II

In by Chris on January 10, 2011 at 12:57 am

Alone in the Hagia Sophia, Leo’s prayers were fervent. “Father, your will be done. Tomorrow I slay Michael and become your appointed emperor.” The flat Christmas light muted the gold-flaked murals.

An hour later, Leo fought desperately with a wooden cross in one hand and an incense burner in the other as Michael and his followers returned, disguised as priests and monks and intent on killing the upstart ruler.

When Leo lay dying of his injuries below the altar of the cathedral, Michael raised hands that still bore the shackles of prison, to reclaim his position as Emperor of Byzantium.

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