Byzantium: the decline and fall

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Knopf, 1996 - History - 488 pages
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For 1,123 years, Constantinople remained the capital of the Byzantine Empire - the longest-lived and most continuously inspired Christian empire in the world. In this, the third and final volume of John Julius Norwich's magnificent and moving history, he tells of the dire consequences of the defeat by the Seljuk Turks at the battle of Manzikert in 1071; of the Fourth Crusade, whose Crusaders - led by the octogenarian Doge of Venice - turned their attention away from the Holy Places to hurl themselves against Constantinople, sacking the city and setting up a succession of Frankish thugs on the imperial throne; and of the two-hundred-year struggle by the restored Empire against the inexorable advance of the Ottoman Turks.

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Review: Byzantium: The Early Centuries (A History of Byzantium #1)

User Review  - Beth Francis - Goodreads

This was well written, however Byzantium is not my favorite historical topic. I did learn a lot and that is always worth while. Read full review

Review: Byzantium: The Early Centuries (A History of Byzantium #1)

User Review  - Tony George - Goodreads

The trilogy is the best history of the Eastern Roman Empire. (They did not know they were not Rome.) I love Norwich's histories. This trilogy covers the founding, the rise and the long, slow fall. I read all of Norwich's histories. This is almost his best. Read full review


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John Julius Norwich is the son of the statesman and diplomat Alfred Duff Cooper (1st Viscount) and the Lady Diana Cooper. He was educated at Eton, Oxford and the University of Strasbourg. He is a prolific author of magisterial histories of Norman Sicily, the republic of Venice, and the Byzantine empire, of architecture and music, and has edited numerous titles.

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