Award-winning historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes’ tour de force Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities includes all three of its incarnations: Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul. The narrative is brimming with incident and her portraits of such larger-than-life figures as Xerxes, Constantine, Justinian, Theodora and Suleyman the Magnificent are written with brio. Her description of modern day Istanbul celebrates a visceral, pulsating city.
“In Bettany Hughes’ life-filled and life-affirming history, steeped in romance and written with verve, Istanbul has found a sympathetic and engaging champion” (The Times).
Hughes has made a number of documentaries for television.