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The emperors of Byzantium

Lygo, Kevin2022
A compelling and vivid narrative history of one of the founding civilizations of the modern world, the Byzantine empire, evocatively told through the lives of its 92 emperors. The Byzantine empire was one of the most successful states of the Middle Ages, ruling over a huge terrain straddling Europe and western Asia for an unrivalled eleven hundred years. Yet its history remains largely unfamiliar. This chronicle brings this majestic yet turbulent period to life through the lives of its emperors: supreme military commander, Head of State and God's representative on earth, no less. These were the men and women that presided over many of the foundations of the modern world, from the establishment of the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith, to the magnificent artistic heritage of Hagia Sophia and Mount Athos, and the creation of a visual template for Christian art. Each illustrated biographical entry contributes to the story of how Byzantium shaped our art, culture, religious beliefs and justice systems, and the role this extraordinary empire played in halting repeated invasions, allowing the idea of 'Europe' to flourish. Through stories of nobility and petty revenge, of religious devotion and brutal genocide, and of sexual intrigue and artistic brilliance; from soaring intellectuals to illiterate peasants, eunuchs and despots, this is a humanizing portrayal of individuals, whose role impacted the lives of millions.
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The emperors of Byzantium / Kevin Lygo ; introduction by Bettany Hughes ; foreword by Robert Peston.
Lygo, Kevin, authorHughes, Bettany, author of introduction, etcPeston, Robert, foreword
London : Thames and Hudson, 2022.©2022
336 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
9780500023297 (hbk)9780500023297
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Beaumaris LibraryAdult Non Fiction - History949.502 LYGAvailable
Sandringham LibraryNon Fiction949.50In-process (Set: 24 May 2022)
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