Byzantium: Decline and Fall

Byzantium: Decline and Fall
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AuthorJohn Julius Norwich
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
PublishedNovember 1995

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In this, the third and final volume of his brilliant trilogy that began with Byzantium: The Early Centuries and continued with Byzantium: The Apogee, Norwich provides a spellbinding account of the city's fall--a story whose climax is worthy of Homer himself. of photos.For 1,123 years, Constantinople remained the capital of the Byzantine Empire - the longest-lived and most continuously inspired Christian empire in the world. In this, the third and final volume of John Julius Norwich's magnificent and moving history, he tells of the dire consequences of the defeat by the Seljuk Turks at the battle of Manzikert in 1071; of the Fourth Crusade, whose Crusaders - led by the octogenarian Doge of Venice - turned their attention away from the Holy Places to hurl themselves against Constantinople, sacking the city and setting up a succession of Frankish thugs on the imperial throne; and of the two-hundred-year struggle by the restored Empire against the inexorable advance of the Ottoman Turks.