The Reluctant Emperor: A Biography of John Cantacuzene, Byzantine Emperor and Monk, C.1295-1383
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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THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL BACKGROUND
THE OLD ORDER CHANGES 13211328
EMPEROR IN WAITING 13281341
WAR FOR THE THRONE 13411347
EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS 13471351
EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS 13511354
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