Synopsis of My New Historical Fiction Novel

A 69,956 Word Historical Fiction Novel by William Speir

            Early in the 4th century, a new religious doctrine threatens to split the Christian churches apart. The Roman Emperor grows tired of the debate. He needs a unified church to control his empire in ways that his legions can’t. In 325 AD, he summons all Christian bishops throughout the empire to meet at Nicaea and end the debate once and for all. The Council of Nicaea creates the blueprint for the Christian churches going forward, but is it the blueprint for an institution dedicated to the salvation of mankind, or for a tool of statecraft to benefit the Emperor?

ARIAS, the priest of the church at Baucalis near Alexandria, Egypt, is a devout follower of The Way, which has been the doctrine of the Christian churches for almost three hundred years. He serves his congregation with a deep sense of commitment, and he lives his faith every minute of the day. But a new doctrine is gaining popularity in the churches of the eastern empire – a doctrine that has little in common with The Way. ARIAS leads the opposition to the new doctrine, which is championed by ALEXANDER, the Bishop of Alexandria and ARIAS’ immediate superior. The two men cannot find common ground, and their disagreements threaten to tear the churches apart.

EMPEROR CONSTANTINE I is weary of the debate. At the urging of his lifelong friend, HOSIUS, the Bishop of Hispania, CONSTANTINE ends the persecution of Christians throughout the empire. But there is a price: CONSTANTINE needs a church to help him control the citizens of his empire. HOSIUS is tasked with delivering a unified church to CONSTANTINE, but the disagreements between ARIAS and ALEXANDER threaten to make that task impossible.

HOSIUS convinces CONSTANTINE to call a council of bishops to resolve the issues. ARIAS welcomes the chance to present his arguments before the council, not realizing that the council is just for show. HOSIUS and CONSTANTINE have already defined the new doctrine for the Christian churches, and the bishops are only attending the council meeting to publically give their agreement.

ARIAS attempts to convince the bishops to turn away from the new doctrine, but will he be able to stand against the Emperor and his supporters? When faced with choice of either accepting the new doctrine or being exiled from the empire, will ARIAS and his supporters choose exile, rather than sacrifice their principles and betray their faith?

NICAEA – THE RISE OF THE IMERPIAL CHURCH is a stand-alone novel.



About wbspeirjr

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. His first published work is the 2015 "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors." In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 19 novels, including a 9-book action-adventure series ("The Knights of the Saltire Series"), five historical novels ("King’s Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," and "The Besieged Pharaoh"), one fantasy novel ("The Kingstone of Airmid"), one science fiction novel ("The Olympium of Bacchus 12"), one geo-political thriller ("The Trinity Gambit"), and a stand-alone action-adventure novel ("Shiko Unleashed"). William is a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for "Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12." William currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at
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