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Krum (800-14); the return of iconoclasm (814-29); Theophilus (829-42); the images restored (842-56); of patriarchs and plots (857-66); double murder (866-7); Basil the Macedonian (867-86); Leo the Wise (886-912); the rise of Romanus (912-20); the gentle usurper (920-48); the scholar emperor (945-63); the white death of the Saracens (963-9); John Tzimisces (969-76); the young Basil (976-89) the Bulgar-Slayer (989-1025); the decline begins (1025-41); the end of the Paphlagonians (1041-2); Constantine Monomachus and the schism (1042-55); prelude to catastrophe (1055-9); Manzikert (1059-81). List of emperors; list of Muslim sultans; list of patriarchs; list of popes.
John Julius Norwich was born in 1929. He was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto, at Eton, at the University of Strasbourg and, after a spell of National Service in the Navy, at New College, Oxford, where he took a degree in French and Russian. In 1952 he joined the Foreign Service, where he remained for twelve years, serving at the embassies in Belgrade and Beirut and with the British Delegation to the Disarmament Conference at Geneva. In 1964 he resigned from the service in order to write. His many and varied publications include two books on the medieval Norman Kingdom in Sicily, The Normans in the South and The Kingdom in the Sun, which are published by Penguin in one volume entitled The Normans in Sicily; two travel books, Mount Athos (with Reresby Sitwell) and Sahara; The Architecture of Southern England; Glyndebourne; two anthologies of poetry and prose, Christmas Crackers and More Christmas Crackers; and A History of Venice, originally published in two volumes. He is also the author of a three-volume history of the Byzantine Empire- Byzantium- The Early Centuries, Byzantium- The Apogee and Byzantium- The Decline and Fall. Many of his books are published by Penguin. In addition he has written and presented some thirty historical documentaries for television, and is a regular lecturer on Venice and numerous other subjects. Lord Norwich is chairman of t