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The Byzantine Empire lasted for 1123 years, a period longer than that which separates us from William the Conqueror. The third and final volume of the author's history of Byzantium, this book tells of the dire consequences of the defeat of 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 200-year struggle by the restored Empire against the inexorable advance of the Ottoman Turks.
Publisher: London : Viking, 1988-95.
ISBN: 9780670823772
Branch Call Number: 949. 5 NOR
Characteristics: 3 v. : ill. (some col.), maps, geneal. tables.


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Jan 18, 2016

This third book of the series is, as are the first two, excellent and engaging reads. Nevertheless, the whole series is quite a worthwhile commitment. The reader will gain an understanding of the evolution of Europe and the Middle East that is generally ignored in the normal course of events and sheds a lot of light on the whole, seemingly murky history of Eastern Europe and its interactions with the West. The reader may also conclude, as I did, that the West owes a huge debt to the bygone empire.

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