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Description - Basil II and the Governance of Empire (976-1025) by Catherine Holmes

This is the first book-length study in English of the Byzantine emperor Basil II. Basil II, later known as 'Bulgar-slayer', is famous for his military conquests and his brutal intimidation of domestic foes. Catherine Holmes considers the problems Basil faced in governing a large, multi-ethnic empire, which stretched from southern Italy to Mesopotamia. Her close focus on the surviving historical narratives, above all the Synopsis Historion of John Skylitzes, reveals a Byzantium governed as much by persuasion as coercion. This book will appeal to those interested in Byzantium before the Crusades, the governance of pre-modern empires, and the methodology of writing early medieval political history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199279685
ISBN-10: 0199279683
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 146mm x 39mm)
Pages: 640
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Catherine Holmes

Catherine Holmes is Tutor and Fellow in Medieval History, University College, University of Oxford.