Description - Byzantium by Judith Herrin
For a thousand years an extraordinary empire made possible Europe's transition to the modern world- Byzantium. An audacious and resilient but now little-known society, it combined orthodox Christianity with paganism, classical Greek learning with Roman power, to produce a great and creative civilisation. Judith Herrin's compelling book tells Byzantium's epic story afresh, from buildings including the great church of Hagia Sophia to the crusades, from iconoclasm to the role of eunuchs, from outstanding individuals like the historian Anne Komnene to a symbol of Byzantine civilisation such as the humble fork. In this way she makes accessible and understandable the grand sweeps of Byzantine history, from the founding of its magnificent capital Constantinople (modern Istanbul) in 330, to its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Bringing the Byzantine age to life as never before, this is a dazzling panorama of the forces and beliefs at work during the medieval millennium.
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(195mm x 130mm x 26mm)
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Author Biography - Judith Herrin
An acclaimed historian of medieval Europe, Judith Herrin is the author of The Formation of Christendom, devoted to the Mediterranean world from the mid-sixth to the mid-ninth century A.D., A Medieval Miscellany and Women in Purple. She worked in Birmingham, Paris, Munich, Istanbul and Princeton before taking up her current position as Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at King's College London. She has published many scholarly articles, excavated in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, and is Chairman of the editorial board of Past and Present.