The Secret History of the Angeli
In what has been written on the Roman history up to the present point, the story was arranged in chronological order. What I shall write now follows a different plan, supplementing the previous formal chronicle with a disclosure of what really happened throughout the Roman Empire. You see, it was not possible, during the life of certain persons, to write the truth of what they did, as a historian should. If I had, their hordes of spies would have found out about it, and they would have put me to a most horrible death. I could not even trust my nearest relatives. That is why I was compelled to hide the real explanation of many matters glossed over in my previous books.
These secrets it is now my duty to tell and reveal the remaining hidden matters and motives. Accordingly, I begin the tale. First I shall reveal the folly of Isaakios Angelos, also called by many Anoitos, and then the depravity of his kin and court.
This is a different AAR. It will probably be more of a series of character portrayals than a chronological tale of events. Furthermore, I will attempt to find the worst qualities of my rulers and courtiers, regardless of what traits they have, and bring them to the fore. This will probably be a fairly short AAR, as I expect to be overrun by Mongols eventually and/or lose the throne. First chapter will be posted soonish.
Incidentally, I strongly recommend the real Secret History by Procopius as it is a hoot to read.