Jan Herbert

Jan is a teacher, historian and writer, specialising in early mediaeval Germany.

She has written two novels based around Byzantium.

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, ISBN 978-0955524400, and The Kidnapped Princess , ISBN: 978-0955524417 are available for purchase directly from Jan Herbert and also from Amazon.


The New Creation 1971 REP LoC Catalog 72-160249.

A Place to Dream: 1976 Church Information Office: ISBN 0-7151-0352-0

St Paul’s: A Place to Dream: Co-author: Friends of St Paul’s Cathedral. ISBN 0902566016

Listening to Children 1983: Co-author CHP: ISBN 0715104128

Beginnings: On the Road 1984: Bible Society: ISBN 056407053

The Question of Jesus: 1987: co-author: CHP: ISBN 0715104349

Alive to God: 1987: Collins: ISBN 0005999987


The Edge of Wonder: 1981: CIO: ISBN 0715104128

Be Thou My Vision: 1985: CHP ISBN 0715148168

This Most Amazing Day: 1986: CHP  ISBN 0715104314

Ways into Prayer: 1987: CHP ISBN 0715104454

Help in Your Bereavement:1988:Collins: ISBN 0005999715

Prayers For Children:1993: CHP:  ISBN 0715148168

Pocket Prayers: 1993: The Classic Collection: CHP: ISBN 0715148257

The Prayer Garden: 1994: Harper Collins: ISBN 0551028122

Words of Comfort: 1994: NS/CHP:  ISBN0715149113

A Little Prayer Diary: 1996: Harper Collins: ISBN 0006280196

Pocket Prayers For Children: 1999: CHP: ISBN 0715149113

Seeing and Believing: 2008: Canterbury Press: ISBN 9781853118357

Pocket Prayers for Commuters: 2009: CHP: ISBN 9780715141946

Health and Ethics

Health: 2012: DLT: ISBN 978023258862

Faith and Ethics in Health and Social Care: (with Ann Gallagher) 2019: ISBN 9781785925894: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Art History/History

Foreshadowing the Reformation: Art and Religion in the 15th Century Burgundian Netherlands: 2017: Routledge

The Reformation and its effects on Farnham. February 2020. Published by the Farnham and District Museum Society

Hymns and Poetry (These are downloadable as PDFs)


Angels' Carol © 2012

Annunciation Tree © 2012

Hymn for St Albans Day © 2012

Lullaby for the Christ Child © 2012

World's New King © 2012

A selection of Poems

Courtyard in Ravenna © 2012

Football in the Park © 2012

Hotel room in Liverpool © 2012

Stumbling on a poem by Edward Thomas © 2012

Undiluted joy © 2012


Link to Ver Poets

Christopher Herbert's Publications

The website of The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Herbert

Mail: cwherbert7@gmail.com

Copyright © 2015 - 16. Christopher Herbert



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