A Short History of Byzantium

A Short History of Byzantium

John Julius Norwich


"Norwich is usually searching for the small yet revealing info. . . . All of this he recounts in a method that continually entertains."
--The ny occasions booklet evaluate

In this magisterial version of his epic three-volume heritage of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich chronicles the world's longest-lived Christian empire. starting with Constantine the nice, who in a.d. 330 made Christianity the faith of his realm after which transferred its capital to the town that may endure his identify, Norwich follows the process 11 centuries of Byzantine statecraft and battle, politics and theology, manners and art.

In the pages of A brief historical past of Byzantium we come upon mystics and philosophers, eunuchs and barbarians, and rulers of wonderful erudition, piety, and degeneracy. We input the lifetime of an empire which may create a number of the world's such a lot transcendent non secular artwork after which smash it within the convulsions of fanaticism. Stylishly written and overflowing with drama, pathos, and wit, here's a matchless account of a misplaced civilization and its exceptional cultural legacy.

"Strange and interesting . . . choked with drollery and horror."                          
--Boston Globe

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