Donald M. Nicol
- Title: The Last Centuries of Byzantium, 1261-1453
- Author: Donald M. Nicol
- ISBN: 9780521439916
- Page: 382
- Format: Paperback
After its conquest and dismemberment by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the Byzantine empire s rulers in exile recovered Constantinople in 1261 This book narrates their struggles for survival from that date until final conquest by Ottoman Turks in 1453.
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Late Byzantine copy (c. 1400) of lost Byzantine icon commemorating Empress Theodora's victory over iconoclasm Constantinople's swan song: the final two centuries of the fabled city's long, long history, from the time it was recovered from the "Latins" till when the gunpowder and cannon of the Turks had grown too powerful for the massive but ancient city fortifications to withstand. Thereafter, it remained a great city serving as the capital of the Ottoman Empire, but more than just its name was [...]
I was required to read this for class, otherwise the price of the book (around $50) would have been prohibitive. However, I was in for a pleasant surprise. This is by far one of the most riveting history books I've ever read, added to the fact that even its price suggests that it was not for the general reading public. Scholarly books are not made to entertain, and entertaining history books are known to dumb the material down. But the prose in here is clear, arresting and does a great service t [...]
One of the first books that made me a History lover. It's very readable even though it covers a lot of subject area, and really conveys the tragedy of Byzantine collapse.
Excellent book about the last and turbulent centuries of the Byzantine Empire with a lot of details and vivid memories. Fully recommended.
Very dense, but without a doubt one of the best books on the topic in English.
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