Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society, 950-1100
By (author) Leonora Neville
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Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society, 950-1100 by Leonora Neville
Book DescriptionThe imperial government over the central provinces of the Byzantine Empire c.950-1100 was both sovereign and apathetic, dealing effectively with a narrow set of objectives, chiefly collecting revenue and maintaining imperial sovereignty. Outside these spheres, action needed to be solicited from imperial officials, leaving vast opportunities for local people to act independently without legal stricture or fear of imperial involvement. In the absence of imperial intervention provincial households competed with each other for control over community decisions. The emperors exercised just enough strength at the right times to prevent the leaders of important households in the core provinces from becoming rulers themselves. Membership in a successful household, wealth, capacity for effective violence and access to the imperial court were key factors that allowed one to act with authority. This 2004 book examines in detail the mechanisms provincial households used to acquire and dispute authority.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521838658
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This 2004 book examines in detail the mechanisms provincial households in the Byzantine Empire used to acquire and dispute authority.
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Author Biography - Leonora Neville
Professor Leonora Neville is Professor of History at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. She has written various articles on Byzantine bureaucracy. She has held the Bliss Prize Fellowship.
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