The Immortal Emperor
The Life and Legend of Constantine Palaiologos, Last Emperor of the Romans
By (author) Donald M. Nicol
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Immortal Emperor by Donald M. Nicol
Book DescriptionConstantine XI Palaiologos was the last Christian Emperor of Constantinople and Byzantium. In 1453, when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks, he was last seen fighting at the city walls, but the actual circumstances of his death have remained surrounded in myth. In the years that followed it was said that he was not dead but sleeping - the 'immortal emperor' turned to marble, who would one day be awakened by an angel and drive the Turks out of his city and empire. Donald Nicol's book tells the gripping story of Constantine's life and death, and ends with an intriguing account of claims by reputed descendants of his family - some remarkably recent - to be heirs to the Byzantine throne.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521894098
(228mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Donald M. Nicol
Despotate of Epiros 1267-1479, Paperback (February 2010)
The Despotate of Epiros illuminates part of Byzantine history and of the history of Greece in the Middle Ages.
Theodore Spandounes, Paperback (March 2009)
A discussion of the sources which Spandounes might have consulted in his account of the origins of the Turkish rulers and of their phenomenal rise to power.
Church and Society in Byzantium, Paperback (August 2008)
This book explores some of the characteristics of Byzantine society in the age of its decline and fall.
Reluctant Emperor, Paperback (August 2002)» View all books by Donald M. Nicol
Was the first biography in English of the Byzantine emperor and monk, John Cantacuzene.
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