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Byzantium: The Apogee

de John Julius Norwich

Sèrie: Byzantium (2)

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In Byzantium- The Early Centuries John Julius Norwich told the epic tale of the Roman Empire's second capital up to Christmas Day AD 800 - when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as a rival emperor. This second volume of his magnificent trilogy covers the following three centuries, up to the coronation of the heroic Alexius Comnenus in 1081. For sheer vividness and pace his account could hardly be bettered. 'He offers character sketches of the frequently appalling personages who infest his narrative, and does so with the self-confident assurance of a Macaulay or a Gibbon ... It is humane even when contemplating inhumanity; it is witty; and it tells a remarkable story with boundless and disarming zest' - Allan Massie in the Daily Telegraph'Eminently readable' - Frederic Raphael in the Spectator'Lord Norwich is always on the lookout for the small but revealing details ... He also pays attention to the significant anecdote and bizarre episode. All of this he r… (més)
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Muy bueno, se lee como una saga de aventuras mas que como un libro de historia, me hace acordar a la marcha de la locura de Tuchman como se va preanunicando el desastre y nadie hace nada para cambiar el rumbo, da pena la ceguera de la gente. las peles entre los nobles, las intrigas palaciegas y religiosas. En fin la historia de la humanidad ( )
  gneoflavio | Jan 19, 2015 |
The empress Irene having passed on, power comes to Nicephorous I, one of history's great "Fixers". He is decisive and clear about his goals, and after him, the Empire not only survives, but once again is expanding. The Saga continues through to the great catastrophe of Manzikert in 1071. Norwich has a sure hand with this popularization of a crucial age and area of Europe's History. Well worth the time spent reading this one! ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 18, 2013 |
John Julius Norwich provides in his trilogy an excellent overview of Byzantine civilization. For the general reader looking to get the whole picture, or for the scholar probing into a new field, this book is an excellent introduction. For someone already well acquainted with the Byzantines, this is a narrative history, useful for quick consultation but not as deep in any particular subject as you would probably require. ( )
  flmcgough | Mar 8, 2012 |
This second book in Norwich's trilogy eloquently takes the reader through Byzantium's tangled and complex high period. The journey is intriguing, at times hair-raising (most memorably the desperate and sorry end of Michael V: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_V) and beautifully written throughout.

The author writes with an obvious passion, critical eye and at times a dry wit as he takes the reader over the years starting with the crowning of Charlemagne, through the phases of Iconoclasm and then the Great Schism between the eastern and western churches then on past the pivotal Battle of Manzikert. All through this the Byzantine imperial families are ever restless, making both sound and ludicrous tactical and political decisions that see the empire's borders continue to change in an almost fluid fashion. As I turned the last page I felt just as hooked as I ever have been on any work of fiction.

A fine piece. ( )
  Gordopolis | Oct 3, 2011 |
A good basic introduction, by the standards of history books a racy read about a much mis-understood civilisation. Read it, enjoy it, but if you want to read more move on to Treadgold etc. for a more exacting description of a fascinating culture. ( )
  rcss67 | Jul 31, 2006 |
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In Byzantium- The Early Centuries John Julius Norwich told the epic tale of the Roman Empire's second capital up to Christmas Day AD 800 - when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as a rival emperor. This second volume of his magnificent trilogy covers the following three centuries, up to the coronation of the heroic Alexius Comnenus in 1081. For sheer vividness and pace his account could hardly be bettered. 'He offers character sketches of the frequently appalling personages who infest his narrative, and does so with the self-confident assurance of a Macaulay or a Gibbon ... It is humane even when contemplating inhumanity; it is witty; and it tells a remarkable story with boundless and disarming zest' - Allan Massie in the Daily Telegraph'Eminently readable' - Frederic Raphael in the Spectator'Lord Norwich is always on the lookout for the small but revealing details ... He also pays attention to the significant anecdote and bizarre episode. All of this he r

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