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The Days of the Warlords: A History of the Byzantine Empire: A.D. 969-991
This book, while it deals primarily with civil conflicts between the Byzantine Emperor Basil II and the warrior-aristocrats Bardas Phocas and Bardas Sclerus, casts considerate light on Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle East during the century immediately preceding the crusades. These interactions-sometimes hostile, sometimes surprisingly intimate-occurred during tha ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published October 25th 1994 by Upa
(first published 1994)
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Excellent and succinct account of the rise of the Byzantine emperor Basil II. Very good on the politics and personalities of the age, and an account that covers not only the seemingly endless Byzantine civil and dynastic wars but the ways in which relationships with Muslim, Slav, and Armenian outsiders shaped Byzantine fortunes.