Fighting Emperors of Byzantium

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Pen and Sword, Apr 30, 2015 - History - 288 pages
The Eastern Roman or 'Byzantine' Empire had to fight for survival throughout its long history so military ability was a prime requisite for a successful Emperor. John Carr concentrates on the personal and military histories of the more capable war fighters to occupy the imperial throne at Constantinople. They include men like it's founder Constantine I , Julian, Theodosius, Justinian, Heraclius, Leo I, Leo III, Basil I, Basil II (the Bulgar-slayer), Romanus IV Diogenes, Isaac Angelus, and Constantine XI. ??Byzantium's emperors, and the military establishment they created and maintained, can be credited with preserving Rome's cultural legacy and, from the seventh century, forming a bulwark of Christendom against aggressive Islamic expansion. For this the empire's military organization had to be of a high order, a continuation of Roman discipline and skill adapted to new methods of warfare. Thus was the Empire, under the leadership of its fighting emperors, able to endure for almost a thousand years after the fall of Rome.
 

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Contents

Prologue
List of Plates
Constantine the Great and his Successors
Goths Huns and Theodosius
Justinian I The War Manager
Heraclius Christian Soldier
Leo the Isaurian Saves Europe
A Cacophony of Emperors
Romanos Diogenes
The Komnene Revival and The Crusades
Angeli and Latins
Constantine Goes Down Fighting
Epilogue
Notes and References
Sources and Further Reading
Byzantine Emperors 3131453

The Macedonians
The BulgarSlayer and Lesser Figures

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Throughout that career he has been steeped in Greek affairs, ancient and modern, which gave him the incentive to reinvent himself as a military historian specializing in southern Europe.??Since his teens he has also involved himself in music, and recently recorded a CD of self-composed instrumental rock, his main spare-time interest apart from writing.

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