Byzantines, Latins, and Turks in the Eastern Mediterranean World After 1150

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Jonathan Harris, Catherine Holmes, Eugenia Russell
Oxford University Press, Nov 29, 2012 - History - 378 pages
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The late medieval eastern Mediterranean, before its incorporation into the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth century, presents a complex and fragmented picture. The Ayyubid and Mamluk sultanates held sway over Egypt and Syria, Asia Minor was divided between a number of Turkish emirates, the Aegean between a host of small Latin states, and the Byzantine Empire was only a fragment of its former size. This collection of thirteen original articles, by both established and younger scholars, seeks to find common themes that unite this disparate world. Focusing on religious identity, cultural exchange, commercial networks, and the construction of political legitimacy among Christians and Muslims in the late Medieval eastern Mediterranean, they discuss and analyse the interaction between these religious cultures and trace processes of change and development within the individual societies. A detailed introduction provides a broad geopolitical context to the contributions and discusses at length the broad themes which unite the articles and which transcend traditional interpretations of the eastern Mediterranean in the later medieval period.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Religious IdentitiesA Question of Evidence
31
Relics Palaiologan Emperors and the Resilience of the Exemplary Centre
61
An Island World?
93
5 Constantinople as CityState c13601453
119
Currencies and Legitimacy in the Late Medieval Eastern Mediterranean
141
The Making of a Byzantine Emperor in Crusader Constantinople 12041261
181
8 Conquest and Political Legitimation in the Early Ottoman Empire
221
9 Byzantine Authority and Latin Rule in the Gattilusio Lordships
247
10 New Wine in Old Skins? Crusade Literature and Crusading in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Later Middle Ages
265
Iberia the Crusade and Late Medieval Chivalry
291
12 Palestine in Late Medieval Islamic Spirituality and Culture
313
Commerce Conflict and Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean
327
The Kydones Version
345
Index
367
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Jonathan Harris is Reader in Byzantine History at the Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Catherine Holmes is Fellow and Praelector in Medieval History at University College, Oxford.

Eugenia Russell is Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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