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The Last Centuries of Byzantium, 1261-1453 - Donald M. Nicol

The Last Centuries of Byzantium, 1261-1453

Paperback Published: 13th December 1993
ISBN: 9780521439916
Number Of Pages: 496

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The Byzantine empire in the last two centuries of its existence had to rebuild itself after its conquest and dismemberment by the Fourth Crusade in 1204. Its emperors in exile recovered Constantinople in 1261 and this book narrates their empire's struggles for survival from that date until its final conquest by Ottoman Turks in 1453. First published in 1972, the book has been completely revised to take account of recent scholarship. It remains the best synthesis of the political, ecclesiastical and historical events of the period.

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'Byzantinists and church historians alike will be grateful to Professor Nicol for having provided what must remain for long the most authoritative and comprehensive survey of the history of the Palaiologan empire.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'This is an excellent account by a first-rate historian ...'. Simon Seligman, The Literary Review

The Byzantine empire after the Fourth Crusade
The empire in exile and its restoration
The Problems of the Restored Empire: the Reign of Michael VIII Palaiologos, 1261-82
The price of survival
The battle of wits between east and west
The Byzantine dilemma in the thirteenth century
Byzantium as a Second-rate Power: the Reign of Andronikos II Palaiologos, 1282-1321
The restoration of orthodoxy
Symptoms and causes of decline
The failure to find a cure
The nature of the enemy
The Mortal Illness of Byzantium: the Age of Civil Wars, 1321-54
The question of the succession and the first civil war
The reign of Andronikos III, 1328-41
The second civil war, 1341-47
The reign of John VI Cantacuzene, 1347-54
Byzantium as a Vassal of the Turks: the Last Hundred Years, 1354-1453
The reign of John V Palaiologos, 1354-91
The reign of Manuel II: the first crisis, 1391-1402
The last reprieve, 1402-25
The Ottoman revival and the reign of John VIII Palaiologos, 1425-48
Constantine XI and Mehmed II: The fall of Constantinople, 1448-53
The last outposts of Byzantium
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ISBN: 9780521439916
ISBN-10: 0521439914
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 13th December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.34  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised