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SYNOPSIS OF CONTENTS Introduction 1 Byzantium: A New Centre (324-476) The Founding of Constantinople / Establishment of the State Church / A Divided Empire / Julian the Apostate / Theodosius the Great / First Religious Split / Fall of the West 2 Rome-Retaken and Lost (476-610) Council of Chalcedon / The Great Schism / Justin and Justinian / Trade and Justinian's Law / Restoring the Empire (Reconquest of Italy) / Green and Blue Politics / The Monastic Revolution / End of an Era / Lombards, Avars, Slavs and Persians / Maurice, the Firm Hand / The Folly of Phocas / The Failure of Byzantine Government / Eunuchs & Dignitaries 3 The Heraclian Dynasty (610-717) The Creation of Themes / An Urban Economy / The Church Pays for a Holy War / Persia Destroyed / The Rise of Islam / Heraclius, the Last Years / Constans the Uncaring / Way of the Single Will / The Fire of God / Emperor Cut-Nose 4 Two Empires Under God (717-867) Leo III and the Arabic Siege of Constantinople / Destruction of the Icons / The Loss of Italy / An Empress on the Throne / Emperor of the Romans / Pax Nicephori / Peace and Civil War / Restoration of the Icons / The Great Palace 5 The Apogee of Byzantium (867-1025) Basil the Macedonian / Basil and Leo VI, Law-Makers / Pope Versus Patriarch / The Orthodoxy of Bulgaria / A Wholly Byzantine Affair / An Unbyzantine Emperor / Basil the Bulgar-Slayer / The Coming of the Rus 6 Prelude to Catastrophe (1025-1081) A Sorry Series of Rulers / The Normans in Italy / The Latin-Greek Split / The Gathering Seljuk Storm / 'That Terrible Day' - Manzikert / The Seljuk Sultanate of Rum / The Byzantine Economic Crisis 7 God Wills It - The Crusades (1081-1261) Alexius I Comnenus - recovery and consolidation / A Plea to the Pope / A Rag-Tag Beginning / All the Princes of Europe / The First Crusade / Enemies on All Fronts / Byzantium and Outremer / The Brilliant Comnenus / The Abortive Conquest of Italy / The Muslim Recovery of Jerusalem / The Byzantine Army / The Third Crusade / The Sack of Constantinople / Emperors of Romania / Phoenix Byzantium 8 The Last Dynasty of Byzantium (1261-1453) Michael VIII Palaeologus and the Rebuilding of Constantinople / The Palaeologi Nightmare / Catalans in Byzantium / Friend and Foe - Genoa / Friend and Foe - Venice / Rise of the Ottomans / The Ottoman Menace / The Trials of Manuel II / Tamerlane's Legacy / A Shrinking Empire / The Final Days / 1453: Into the Abyss 9 After 1453 (1453-18th century) The Survivors / Sultan and Caesar / The Byzantine Cultural Legacy Glossary / Family Trees / Lists of Emperors, Caliphs, Sultans, Patriarchs, Popes / Index

About the Author

Roger Michael Kean has been a film-maker and journalist, and editor of historical reference books for many years, including the Historical Atlas series. Kean is author of The Complete Chronicle of the Emperors of Rome, also published by Thalamus Publishing. He lives in Ludlow, Shropshire, England.

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