The Last Centuries of Byzantium, 1261-1453

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 14, 1993 - History - 463 pages
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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Contents

The Empire in exile and its restoration
19
the reign
39
the reign
91
the age of civil
149
IO The question of the succession and the first civil war
167
The reign of John VI Cantacuzene 134754
209
the last
251
the first crisis 13911402
296
The last reprieve 140225
318
The Ottoman revival and the reign of John VIII
339
the fall
369
The last outposts of Byzantium
394
Glossary
413
Index
450
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