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Constantinople By Jonathan Harris

Constantinople
by Jonathan Harris

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Known as Constantinople, Miklagarth was the capital city of the empire of Byzantium and a major political force in the eastern Mediterranean for over a thousand years. This book examines the intriguing interaction between the spiritual and the political whilst reconstructs the awe-inspiring city in its heyday of 1200.
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Constantinople: Capital of Byzantium by Jonathan Harris

This book examines the intriguing interaction between the spiritual and the political whilst reconstructs the awe-inspiring city in its heyday of 1200. During the early Middle Ages, travellers to the East returned with stories of a place called Miklagarth, a city so vast that its churches, palaces and monasteries covered the land and so rich that its ruler could scatter bagfuls of gold among his astonished guests. This was no legend or tall tale because Miklagarth was a real place. Better known as Constantinople, it was the capital city of the empire of Byzantium and a major political force in the eastern Mediterranean for over a thousand years. The mythical aura that surrounded Constantinople was no accident. It was assiduously cultivated by the Byzantine emperors to bolster their power, wealth and prestige. Jonathan Harris examines the intriguing interaction between the mythical and the actual to reconstruct the city at the peak of its power.

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Constantinople Reviews


"'It is a tribute to Harris's skill as a writer that his book produces in the reader a sense of loss... A readable, informative, and vivid book, offering an evocative picture of the city in the context of the culture that produced it. Highly recommended.' Richard Fraser, Coll. of Physicians of Philadelphia"

About Jonathan Harris


Jonathan Harris taught English in Turkey before completing his doctorate in Byzantine History in 1993. He is currently Reader in Byzantine Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (Continuum).

Table of Contents


Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The City of Wonders; 2. Founding Fathers; 3. Defence; 4. Palaces and Power; 5. Churches and Monasteries; 6. 'Two Thirds of the Wealth in this World'; 7. Democracy; 8. The Beginning of the End; 9. The Ruin of Byzantine Constantinople; 10. Epilogue: Byzantine Constantinople Today; Bibliography; Index.

Additional information

GOR010088781
Constantinople: Capital of Byzantium by Jonathan Harris
Jonathan Harris
Used - Good
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2009-02-26
312
0826430864
9780826430861
N/A
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