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A short history of Byzantium

Author: John Julius Norwich
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"At a moment when the splendors of Byzantine art are being rediscovered and celebrated in America, John Julius Norwich has brought together in this remarkable edition the most important and fascinating events of his dazzling trilogy of the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire." "With wit, intelligence and an unerring eye for riveting detail, Lord Norwich tells the dramatic history of Byzantium from its beginnings  Read more...
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Norwich, John Julius, 1929-
Short history of Byzantium.
New York : Knopf, 1997
(OCoLC)743171030
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Julius Norwich
ISBN: 0679450882 9780679450887 0679772693 9780679772699
OCLC Number: 35714559
Notes: Abridgment of the author's three-vol. work Byzantium.
Description: xl, 430 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, genealogical tables ; 25 cm
Contents: Constantine the Great (to 337) --
Julian the Apostate (337-63) --
The empire at bay (363-95) --
The fall of the west (395-493) --
The rise of Justinian (493-540) --
Justinian-the last years (540-65) --
The first crusader (565-641) --
The Heraclian line (641-711) --
Iconoclasm (711-802) --
The images restored (802-56) --
Of patriarchs and plots (857-67) --
The Macedonian and the sage (867-912) --
The gentle usurper (912-48) --
The scholar emperor (945-63) --
The Bulgar-slayer (976-1025) --
The decline begins (1025-55) --
Manzikert (1055-81) --
Alexius Comnenus (1081-1118) --
John the beautiful (1118-43) --
Manuel Comnenus (1143-80) --
The fourth crusade (1180-1205) --
Exile and homecoming (1205-61) --
The Angevin threat (1261-82) --
The two Andronici (1282-1341) --
The reluctant emperor (1341-54) --
The sultan's vassal (1354-91) --
The appeal to Europe (1391-1448) --
The fall (1448-53).
Responsibility: John Julius Norwich.
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"At a moment when the splendors of Byzantine art are being rediscovered and celebrated in America, John Julius Norwich has brought together in this remarkable edition the most important and fascinating events of his dazzling trilogy of the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire." "With wit, intelligence and an unerring eye for riveting detail, Lord Norwich tells the dramatic history of Byzantium from its beginnings in AD 330 when Constantine the Great moved the imperial capital from Rome to the site of an old Greek port in Asia Minor called Byzantium and renamed it Constantinople, to its rise as the first and most long-lasting Christian empire, to its final heroic days and eventual defeat by the Turks in 1453." "It was a history marked by tremendous change and drama: the adoption of Christianity by the Greco-Roman world; the fall of Rome and its empire; the defeat by the Seljuk Turks at Manzikert in 1071; the reigns of Constantine, Theodosius the Great, Justinian and Basil II. There were centuries of bloodshed in which the empire struggled for its life; centuries of controversy in which men argued about the nature of Christ and the Church; centuries of scholarship in which ancient culture was kept alive and preserved by scribes; and, most of all, centuries of creativity in which the Byzantine genius brought forth art and architecture inspired by a depth of spirituality unparalleled in any other age. After more than fourteen centuries, the ever-dazzling brilliance of the mosaics of Ravenna and the ethereal splendor of the great church of St. Sophia in Istanbul still have the power to take one's breath away."--Jacket.

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