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This episode is third in our Alternate History Week series, where I look at famous books of alternate history and discuss why I think their alternate timelines aren’t plausible.

Today’s book is Harry Turtledove’s wonderful book Agent of Byzantium. In this book, Turtledove imagines that the Prophet Muhammed, instead of developing Islam, converted to Christianity  and became a celebrated prelate and saint. Without the Muslim conquests, the Eastern Roman Empire remained the pre-eminent power in the Mediterranean and remains locked in a centuries-long cold war with Zoroastrian Persia to the East.

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I don’t think Persia would have remained Zoroastrian that long. I explain why in this episode.

 

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"#69: What if Byzantium Had Never Fallen?" History on the Net
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June 12, 2024 <https://www.historyonthenet.com/byzantium-had-never-fallen>
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