The Reluctant Emperor: A Biography of John Cantacuzene, Byzantine Emperor and Monk, C.1295-1383

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 22, 2002 - History - 228 pages
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This is a biography of one of the most unusual Byzantine emperors in Constantinople who reigned from 1347 to 1354, and subsequently spent thirty years as a monk. John Cantacuzene was unique in that he wrote his own memoirs and in his varied talents and interests in a long life, as a soldier, scholar, and theologian. His dealings with the earliest leaders of the Ottoman Turks, with the merchants of Venice and Genoa, with the papacy, and with Stephen Dusan of Serbia also give his career a special interest. This is the first biography of John Cantacuzene in English.
 

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Contents

THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL BACKGROUND
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THE OLD ORDER CHANGES 13211328
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EMPEROR IN WAITING 13281341
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WAR FOR THE THRONE 13411347
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EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS 13471351
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EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS 13511354
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MONK HISTORIAN AND THEOLOGIAN 13541383
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HIS CHARACTER ACHIEVEMENTS AND FAILURES
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SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
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INDEX
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