The Last Centuries of Byzantium, 1261-1453
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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The Byzantine Empire after the Fourth Crusade
The Empire in exile and its restoration
The battle of wits between east and west
s The Byzantine dilemma in the thirteenth century
The nature of the enemy
The reign of John VI Cantacuzene 134754
the first crisis 13911402
The last reprieve 140225
The Ottoman revival and the reign of John VIII
The last outposts of Byzantium
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