The Latins in the Levant: A History of Frankish Greece (1204-1566)

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J. Murray, 1908 - Byzantine Empire - 675 pages
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Oldest, but still best account on the subject, with an encompassing and breathtaking scope. I cannot understand why there has not been a newer edition - facsimile ones are not considered as new ones.

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About a third of the pages are missing in the pdf download. A very poor job, indeed.

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Page 34 - Philip of Macedon had destroyed fifteen centuries before, Thomas de Stromoncourt built himself the fortress, of which the majestic ruins — perhaps the finest Prankish remains in Greece — still stand among the cornfields on the hill above the modern town. According to the local tradition, the name of Salona, which the place still bears in common parlance, despite the usual official efforts to revive the classical terminology, is derived from the King of Salonika, its second founder. The lord of...
Page 68 - The renewal of the divine grace (wrote the enthusiastic Pope to Berard) suffereth not the ancient glory of the city of Athens to grow old. The citadel of most famous Pallas hath been humbled to become the seat of the most glorious Mother of God.
Page 87 - Miller (p. 87) quotes from the Venetian, Sanudo: 'He possessed a broad domain and great riches ; he was wont to send his most confidential advisers from time to time to the courts of his vassals, to see how they lived and how they treated their subjects. At his own court he constantly maintained...
Page 447 - ... Hymettos, handed him the keys of the city. There is nothing improbable in the story, for the Greek Metropolitan, Isidore, had fled to the Venetian Island of Tenos ; and the abbot may therefore have been the most important Greek dignitary left at Athens. The Sultan devoted four days to visiting his new possession, " of all the cities in his Empire the dearest to him," as the Athenian Chalkokondyles proudly says.
Page 355 - ... have perceived that he had founded his fortunes on the sand. Pope and King might give him honours and promises; they could not render effective aid against the Turks. It was under the shadow of this coming danger that Nerio drew up his remarkable will. His first care was for the Parthenon, Our Lady of Athens, in which he directed that his body should be laid to rest. He ordered its doors to be replated with silver, its stolen treasures to be...
Page 547 - of not a little gain and of very great honour.' They had their own military commander, and every year on 1 May they marched under his leadership to the sound of drums and fifes, bearing aloft their baron's standard and carrying a maypole, decked with flowers, to the square in front of the house where the great man lived. There they set up their pole and sang a curious song in honour of their lord,20 who provided them with refreshment and on the morrow received from them their dues.
Page 543 - chief priest" was elected by the assembled urban clergy and 30 nobles, and held office for five years, at the end of which he sank into the ranks of the ordinary popes, from whom he was then only distinguished by his crimson sash. Merit had, as a rule, less to do with his election than his relationship to a noble family and the amount of the pecuniary arguments which he applied to the pockets of the electors, and for which he recouped himself by his gains while in office. In each of the four bailiwicks...
Page 321 - Pedro fancied himself as a troubadour, and so had a professional interest in beauty. " The Castle of Athens," he writes, " is the most precious jewel that exists in the world, and such that all the Kings of Christendom could in vain imitate." The Parthenon, then still very much in its pristine state, inspired him as a work of art. Pedro was an exception, however; and his wife, Sybilla, more true to the spirit of her age, saw the great Doric peristyle only as an enclosure for the famous relics of...
Page 546 - True, a money payment to the treasury secured a dispensation from the necessity of wearing these stigmas ; but there was no exception to the rule which enjoined upon all Jews residence in a separate part of the city, where they were divided into two groups, each with its own synagogue. Even to-day the Jewish quarter in the town of Corfu is known as the Ilcbrdica.
Page 547 - Adiyyavoi, or gipsies, who were about 100 in number, were subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the baron, upon whom their fief had been bestowed, ' an office,' as Marmora says, ' of not a little gain and of very great honour.

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