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

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For someone like me, previously barely informed on the subject matter, this book is great for what it is - an accessible and introductory account of (mostly political and military) history of ... Read full review

Review: Byzantium: The Apogee (A History of Byzantium #2)

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Norwich gives us another top-notch installment about the Byzantines! The book covers the years 800-1081, and it is quite simply not to be missed. I recently rated Norwich's first Byzantine book (this ... 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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