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A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich
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Jul 22, 12

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Wow they sure did a lot of gouging out of eyes and tongues and noses and throwing people off cliffs! Everyone is all, hey this new emperor will be great I bet we won't have to murder him with poisoned mulberries or whack him with a soap dish or behead him. Then the poor little lamb takes power, has some good ideas, but reverts to insanity as quickly as he can and someone races to get the perennially-useful soapdish and cheerfully start anew. What years of glee! And when they weren't having those fun times they were running rampant through the streets beating each other up about obscure theological issues and hiding ikons under their cloaks and excommunicating one another. So, basically... I loved it.
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