The Last Centuries of Byzantium, 1261-1453

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Cambridge University Press, 14. okt 1993 - 463 pages
The Byzantine empire in the last two centuries of its existence had to rebuild itself after its conquest and dismemberment by the Fourth Crusade in 1204. Its emperors in exile recovered Constantinople in 1261 and this book narrates their empire's struggles for survival from that date until its final conquest by Ottoman Turks in 1453. First published in 1972, the book has been completely revised to take account of recent scholarship. It remains the best synthesis of the political, ecclesiastical and historical events of the period.
 

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Contents

List of abbreviations
1
The Empire in exile and its restoration
19
the reign
39
The battle of wits between east and west
58
The Byzantine dilemma in the thirteenth century
72
the reign
91
Symptoms and causes of decline
107
The failure to find a cure
122
The reign of John VI Cantacuzene 134754
209
the last
251
the first crisis 139114oz
296
The last reprieve 14oz25
318
The Ottoman revival and the reign of John VIII
339
the fall
369
The last outposts of Byzantium
394
Glossary
413

The nature of the enemy
141
the age of civil
149
The reign of Andronikos III 132841
167
The second civil war 13417
203
xvii
438
Index
450
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