By John Julius Norwich
During this magisterial version of his epic three-volume background of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich chronicles the world's longest-lived Christian empire. starting with Constantine the nice, who in a.d. 330 made Christianity the faith of his realm after which transferred its capital to the town that will endure his identify, Norwich follows the process 11 centuries of Byzantine statecraft and conflict, politics and theology, manners and art.
In the pages of a quick background of Byzantium we stumble upon mystics and philosophers, eunuchs and barbarians, and rulers of wonderful erudition, piety, and degeneracy. We input the lifetime of an empire which may create a number of the world's such a lot transcendent spiritual paintings after which spoil it within the convulsions of fanaticism. Stylishly written and overflowing with drama, pathos, and wit, here's a matchless account of a misplaced civilization and its extraordinary cultural legacy.
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