Jan is a teacher, historian and writer, specialising in early
Her novel 'Theophanu, Empress of the West' was published
by Three Abbeys in 2007.ISBN: 978-09555244-0-0
In the closing decades of the tenth century, the child
Theophano Sclerina, princess of Byzantium, survived murderous
intrigues in the great palace of Constantinople, only to be
sent to Rome at the age of twelve to marry Otto II, seventeen-year-old
heir to the equally turbulent Ottonian Empire. In the next
eleven years the young couple together faced plots, counter-plots,
rebellions, foreign invasions, catastrophic defeats and daring
escapes, as well as producing four children. In 983 disaster
struck when Otto died suddenly in Rome. A thousand miles away
in Germany a rival claimant immediately kidnapped the baby
heir, Otto III. Could his mother cross the Alps in time to
find and rescue her son? Could she claim his birth-right for
him? If she succeeded, what kind of empress-regent would she
make? This is the story of the fascinating woman known to
her western subjects as the Empress Theophanu.
Theophanu, Empress of the west is available
for purchase directly from Jan Herbert. Please
email her for details.
She is currently writing an historical novel cum school story
for children, also set in Ottonian Germany.