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The Empire of Manuel I Komnenos, 1143-1180

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The reign of Manuel I (1143-1180) marked the high point of the revival of the Byzantine empire under the Comnenian dynasty. It was however followed by a rapid decline, leading to the sack of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade in 1204. This book, the first devoted to Manuel's reign for over 80 years, reevaluates the emperor and his milieu in the light of recent scholarshi ...more
Hardcover, 584 pages
Published May 20th 1993 by Cambridge University Press
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As Paul Magdalino demonstrates in this exhaustive examination of the life and culture of Byzantium during the reign of the last competent ruler of the Komnenian dynasty, empires can be fragile, especially if they lack any sense of what they really are. By the time the Komnenians took control of it, Constantine's genius in locating the capital at the confluence of Europe and Asia had turned into a curse, and the Byzantines were ringed by enemies in their former territories: Arabs, Turks, Franks ( ...more
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"Paul Magdalino FBA (born 10 May 1948) is Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Byzantine History in the University of St Andrews, Professor of Byzantine History at Koç University, Istanbul; and a Fellow of the British Academy.

His research interests include Byzantine history: the society, culture and economy of the Byzantine world from 6th to 13th centuries; the city of Constantinople; prophecy, scientific
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