It is April 1204, and Constantinople, the sumptuous capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned through the knights of the Fourth campaign. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a historian and excessive courtroom legit from convinced loss of life by the hands of the crusading warriors and proceeds to inform his personal fantastical story.
Born an easy peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has significant gifts-a expertise for studying languages and a ability in telling lies. whilst nonetheless a boy he meets a overseas commander within the woods, fascinating him together with his speedy wit and energetic brain. The commander-who proves to be Emperor Frederick Barbarossa-adopts Baudolino and sends him to the college in Paris, the place he makes a few fearless, adventurous friends.
Spurred on by means of myths and their very own reveries, this merry band units out looking for Prester John, a mythical priest-king stated to rule over an unlimited country within the East-a phantasmagorical land of wierd creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and gorgeous maidens.
With surprising digressions, outrageous methods, striking feeling, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age, this is often Eco the storyteller at his incredible best.