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  1. says:

    Very enjoyable and enlightening history of Byzantium Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in this time period

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    Having read all three volumes of Byzantium by Norwich I found that they filled in the blank spaces of my knowledge of medieval history

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    I love the way Norwich delves into the labyrinthine politics of the time I haven't read the other two books in the series but some day I will perhaps when I'm old and grey and good for nothing else So that hopefully will be a while yet Norwich writes wittily and knowledgeably as one of the leading experts I think I have a problem

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    THIS IS HISTORY AT ITS FINEST Infinity plus one out of infinity starsNorwich triumphs The Byzantines brim with Roman pride brainwashed Christianity brutal violence and a near constant struggle for power Norwich breathes life into the Dark Ages like never before This first of three books covers the late 200s to the early 8

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    John Julius Norwich author of this history of the Eastern Roman Empire from the founding of Constantinople in 330 until the coronatio

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    This review also appears on my blog wwwsilashruparellcomMy one liner Fratricide Patricide Matricide Infanticide Blood Gut

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    This is a finely told history of the early part of the Byzantine Empire With colorful stories in depth research and a seeming fairness Mr Norwi

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    Don't get the shortened version it'll seem too rushed Norwich is a master storyteller with an eye for details and livens up the thousand plus year history of the Byzantine Empire as the entertaining soap opera that it really was Also goes into the fall of the west in his first book with sufficient detail to be a

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    Just finished the first in the Byzantium trilogy So far so good but not nearly as good as reading the History of Venice Also it seem

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    A highly accessible account of the politics and history of Byzantine Empire from Constantine’s founding of Con

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Byzantium The Early Centuries

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Us Arian army arrived Attila Avars barbarian Basiliscus battle Belisarius bishops Bosphorus brother Bulgars Byzantine Byzantium Caesar campaign capital century Chalcedon Chosroes Byzantium ca – | Essay | The Late Byzantium While the political boundaries of Late Byzantium under the Palaiologan emperors were drastically reduced from the expansive lands of the Early and Middle Byzantine periods Byzantine religious influence still extended far beyond its borders The focus of Byzantine power was now centered in Constantinople and extended westward Early Byzantine Period YouTube Early Byzantine Period or Late Roman every year Eastern and Western Roman Empire Constantine the Great fall of the Western Roman Empire Justini Byzantium The Early Centuries The Early After reading Byzantium The Early Centuries it no longer is at least not the first years This volume contains maps family trees for the emperors a list of emperors giving the dates during which they reigned a list of Byzantine monuments still existing an extensive bibliography and a detailed index I have ordered the two compan. This review also appears on my blog wwwsilashruparellcomMy one liner Fratricide Patricide Matricide Infanticide Blood Guts Gore Pillage Murder Incest Intrigue Betrayal Incompetence Brilliance Genius Aggression Passion Fervour Docility Stupidity Hubris In other words the first five hundred years of the Byzantine Empire as described by John Julius Norwich in this classic account After over half a century of contact with the Romans his people had become perhaps one degree less bestial than at their first arrival but the vast majority still lived and slept in the open disdaining all agriculture and even cooked foods though they would often soften raw meat by putting it between their thighs and their horses flanks as they rode For clothing they favoured tunics made rather surprisingly from the skins of fieldmice crudely stitched together this they wore continuously without ever removing them until they dropped off of their own accord And as they had always done they still practically lived on their horses eating trading holding their councils even sleeping in the saddle The Huns were a savage tribe which smashed their way out of the Central Asian steppes around 376AD Attila the Hun the scourge of God led a series of attacks on the Byzantine Empire and built up a vast dominion stretching from Constantinople to the Balkans in the East to Italy and France in the West He came within a whisker of invading Rome itself The Hun invasion is just one example of the incursions and travails that beset the Byzantine Empire during the period covered in this book 300 to 800AD This colourful account by John Julius Norwich tells the story of the early Byzantine Empire established by Emperor Constantine I Constantine the Great in 311 AD in the new city of Constantinople on the banks of the River Bosphorus The New Rome Whilst the Pope and hence the religious centre of the Roman Empire continued to be seated in Rome the political centre had now gravitated towards the East It was not a smooth and unambiguous transition and often there were Co Emperors one for Byzantium and one for the West of the Roman Empire However throughout the period of this volume there was one inalienable and unargued article of faith for every Byzantine and from which they drew strength of unity in times of turmoil namely that the Emperor or Co Emperor was the sole Vice Gerent of God on earth This volume ends with the shattering of that practice in the most remarkable way in the year 800AD Pope Leo III produces a document proved to be fraudulent only several centuries later entitled the Donation of Constantine pursuant to which Constantine the Great had allegedly 500 years earlier retired to the province of Byzantium having bestowed on the Pope the right to confer the title of Emperor By this document the Frankish ruler Charles Charlemagne was crownedEmperor by Pope Leo and despatched to Byzantium to replace the supposed Empress Irene whose reign over Byzantium had been an economic and political disasterOf course the transition was helped by another factor That the Empress was notorious for having blinded and murdered her own son was in the minds of both Leo and Charles immaterial it was enough that she was a woman The female sex was known to be incapable of governing and by the old Salic tradition was debarred from doing so In between the bookends of Constantine the Great and Charlemagne we read of a fascinating period of Christian history Of Emperors who were disastrous Of others who ruled Byzantium with skill care and competence For example Heraclius came to the throne in 610 AD He introduced a new structure into the eastern side of Byzantium organising it along military lines The part of Asia Minor the northeast coastline running from Selifke in the Mediterranean to Rize on the Black Sea which had recently been recaptured from the Persians was divided into four Themes or regions The choice of word was significant because tema was the Greek word for a division of troops thus underlining the warlike division of the region Each tema was put under the governorship of a strategos or military governor A reserve army was maintained by providing potential soldiers with inalienable grants of land in return for hereditary military service if called up The net result was that Heraclius did not have to rely on ad hoc recruiting or on doing deals with dodgy barbarians in order to raise an army On the economic front he fixed the parlous fiscal position of the Imperial economy through Taxation and government borrowing Restitution from supporters of the previous corrupt regime Subsidies from friends and family in Africa Most importantly however he persuaded Patriarch Sergius the Archbishop of Constantinople to declare that the coming war would be a religious war Hence all of the Church assets and treasure would be at the disposal of the Emperor Leadership 101 for aspiring modern warmongerer You will need to read the book to find out what became of Heraclius Every Emperor was confronted by tribes trying to nick territory The Gauls and Franks perennially switching their loyalties to and from Rome The Lombards from modern Germany and Austria settling in Northern Italy The Slavs trying to take the Balkans The Goths the Vandals and Huns having to be bought off or fought off But there are two stand out foes of Byzantine Christendom over this period First the Persian Empire whose rulers always seemed to have the knack for knowing when they had the upper hand As an example in 359AD Emperor Constantius II receives a letter from the Persian King Shapur King of Kings brother of the Sun and the Moon sends salutation Your own authors are witness that the entire territory within the river Strymon and the borders of Macedon was once held by my forefathers were I to reuire you to restore all of this it would not ill become mebut because I take delight in moderation I shall be content to receive Mesopotamia and Armenia which were fraudulently extorted from my grandfather I give you warning that if my ambassador returns empty handed I shall take the field against you with all my armies as soon as the winter is past I guess a lawyer would call that a Letter Before ActionAnd of course the other formidable challenge to Byzantium was the rise of Islam In 633 AD shortly after the foundation of the religion it suddenly burst out of Arabia First Damascus then Jerusalem Next the whole of Syria Egypt and Armenia fell within the decade The whole Persian Empire was subsumed within 20 years And then Afghanistan and Punjab within another 10 years To the West North Africa and Spain Across the Pyrenees and finally checked at the banks of the Loire The rest as they say is history The various Emperors acceded and reigned using diverse styles of governance and deployed some interesting procedural instruments The Emperor Maurice though fundamentally a good man faced financial pressures as a result of the extravagance and incompetence of his predecessor Around 602AD he introduced austerity measures but went too far at one point cutting military rations by 25% refusing to ransom 12000 captives of the Avars leading to them being put to death and decreeing that the army should not return to base for winter but should sit it out in inhospitable territory beyond the Danube Eventually he become so unpopular that he took the decision to flee to Persia with whose king he had previously concluded a truce taking his family with himHis successor Phocas embarked on a brutal purge of all his enemies Debauched drunk and almost pathologically cruel he loved we are told nothing so much as the sight of blood it was Phocas who introduced the gallows and the rack the bindings and mutilation which were to cast a sinister shadow over the centuries to come First Phocas despatched troops to Asia and killed Maurice and family Then he exterminated his own brother and nephew Plus a whole bunch of military men He even managed to kill Narses his best general in the East Unsurprisingly the Persians took their chance invaded and took significant chunks of territory including Mesopotamia Syria Armenia Cappadocia Paphlagonia and Galatia Other examples abound Julian the Apostate who eventually became Emperor in 361 AD had to bide his time indeed he didn t really have imperial designs and in fact was a sort of travelling scholar and by all accounts a little bit of a geek His cousin Constantius II preceded him as Emperor He had had Julian s father and stepbrother killed when Julian was a young child Constantius made the error of elevating Julian appointing him as the Caesar of Gaul Julian must have had a festering hatred for Constantius II He bided his time and then led an army against Constantius This book has some other useful features The tables of lineages emperors and family trees the maps and illustration all add to understanding Moreover there is a tourist guide providing a list of the Byzantine monuments still surviving in Istanbul today I agree with the author in his Introduction that Byzantium is an era of history under taught in schools yet it has than enough material to capture the imagination of a schoolchild The narrative of this book is tight so it leads you swiftly from one reign to another uite seamlessly And that perhaps is a clue to the central message of the book Dynasties come and go Some leaders are good people some are bad most a bit of both They are able to wield huge power And yet they are all merely human beings powerless against the passage of time and events

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Ion volumes Byzantium The Apogee and Byzantium Before Byzantium The Early Activities of Thomas The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives ICFA presents Before Byzantium The Early Activities of Thomas Whitte – an online exhibition that focuses on Thomas Whitte’s activities prior to his founding of the Byzantine Institute in Bringing together three of ICFA’s archival collections The Thomas Whitte Papers Early Archaeological Projects Associated Byzantine Empire Definition Timeline Location The Byzantine Empire was a vast and powerful civilization with Greek origins that can be traced to AD Though the western half of the Roman Empire fell in AD the eastern half survived Byzantine Art Ancient History Encyclopedia From the early th century CE for example Byzantium was influenced by much greater contact with western Europe just as it had been when the Byzantines were present in Italy during the th century CE The influence went in the other direction too of course so that Byzantine artistic ideas spread notably outwards from such outposts as Sicily and Crete from where Byzanti. This is a finely told history of the early part of the Byzantine Empire With colorful stories in depth research and a seeming fairness Mr Norwich has done justice to the history of Byzantium Though the history is convoluted and filled with scores of names and important details there is an order here that makes the story easy enough to follow Along the journey fascinating anecdotes and personalities emerge along with occasional analysis which seems even handed and balanced in an effort to tell it like it really wasAt times the thread of the story became hard to discern with the jumble of places and people that blend together in one s mind This is not the fault of Mr Norwich though it would have been nice to have him step back periodically to give an overview of the key points of that segment of the history or to let us know what was going on in the big picture at that time Some of the most refreshing and interesting parts of the book are when Mr Norwich gives a brief sketch of Europe Africa or the Middle East These contrasts help the reader better fit the history of Byzantium in with the world at largeThough the book would benefit from of these breaks Byzantium The Early Centuries is still a very good book and well worth the read

  • Hardcover
  • 408
  • Byzantium The Early Centuries
  • John Julius Norwich
  • English
  • 28 February 2017
  • 9780394537788

About the Author: John Julius Norwich

Norwich is the only child of the Conservative politician and diplomat Duff Cooper and of Lady Diana Cooper a celebrated beauty and society figure Through his father he is descended from King William IV and his mistress Dorothea JordanHe was educated at Upper Canada College Toronto Canada as a wartime evacuee at Eton College and at the University of Strasbourg He served in the Royal Navy