A Short History of Byzantium

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Penguin Adult, Oct 29, 1998 - History - 480 pages
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In 330 AD, the first Christian Emperor, Constantine the Great, moved his capital from Rome to Byzantium and renamed it Constantinople. For 11 bloody centuries, until the city was finally conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1453, the Byzantine Empire struggled for life. Those were centuries of controversy, in which men argued ferociously about the nature of Christ and his Church. Of learning, in which scribes and scholars preserved and handed on to future generations the heritage of the ancient world. Of emperors like Justinian the Great, Theodosius and Basil the Bulgar-Slayer, men pious, heroic or monstrous, but never, never dull. And, above all, of creativity, when art and architecture achieved an almost unparalleled spiritual depth. In this abridgement of his celebrated trilogy, John Julius Norwich has created a definitive overview of 'the strange, savage, yet endlessly fascinating world of Byzantium'.

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Norwich's writing style is easy to read. - Goodreads
Good compact introduction to a sprawling topic. - Goodreads
This book is not a bad introduction. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jessiqa - Goodreads

This book is shortened from Norwich's three-volume history. Though I majored in history in college, most of my classes, if they mentioned Byzantium at all, just barely touched on the empire. As an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Morris - Goodreads

I wish I had read the extended version. This is the abridged version of a three volume history. Norwich is a great storyteller, and does a fun job of rocketing us through the first 900 years or so of ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Apart from his Byzantium trilogy, John Julius Norwich's books include THE NORMANS IN THE SOUTH, THE KINGDOM IN THE SUN, MOUNT ATHOS (with Reresby Sitwell), SAHARA, THE ARCHITECTURE OF SOUTHERN ENGLAND and GLYNDEBOURNE.

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