Byzantines, Latins, and Turks in the Eastern Mediterranean World after 1150

Overview


The late medieval eastern Mediterranean, before its incorporation into the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth century, presents a complex and fragmented picture. The Ayyubid and Mamluk sultanates held sway over Egypt and Syria, Asia Minor was divided between a number of Turkish emirates, the Aegean between a host of small Latin states, and the Byzantine Empire was only a fragment of its former size.

This collection of thirteen original articles, by both established and younger ...

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Overview


The late medieval eastern Mediterranean, before its incorporation into the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth century, presents a complex and fragmented picture. The Ayyubid and Mamluk sultanates held sway over Egypt and Syria, Asia Minor was divided between a number of Turkish emirates, the Aegean between a host of small Latin states, and the Byzantine Empire was only a fragment of its former size.

This collection of thirteen original articles, by both established and younger scholars, seeks to find common themes that unite this disparate world. Focusing on religious identity, cultural exchange, commercial networks, and the construction of political legitimacy among Christians and Muslims in the late Medieval eastern Mediterranean, they discuss and analyse the interaction between these religious cultures and trace processes of change and development within the individual societies. A detailed introduction provides a broad geopolitical context to the contributions and discusses at length the broad themes which unite the articles and which transcend traditional interpretations of the eastern Mediterranean in the later medieval period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199641888
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2013
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Byzantium Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Harris is Reader in Byzantine History at the Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Catherine Holmes is Fellow and Praelector in Medieval History at University College, Oxford.

Eugenia Russell is Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of contributors
Note about transliteration
Abbreviations
List of illustrations and maps
Introduction
Catherine Holmes
1. 'Shared Worlds': Religious Identities - A Question of Evidence, Catherine Holmes
2. Imperial Constantinople: Relics, Palaiologan Emperors and the Resilience of the Exemplary Centre, Jonathan Shepard
3. The Eastern Mediterranean in the Later Middle Ages - An Island World?, David Jacoby
4. Constantinople as City State, c. 1360-1453, Jonathan Harris
5. Transposed Images: Currencies and Legitimacy in the Late Medieval Eastern Mediterranean, Eurydice Georganteli
6. Conquest Legitimised: The Making of a Byzantine Emperor in Crusader Constantinople (1204-1261), Teresa SHawcross
7. Conquest and Political Legitimation in the Early Ottoman Empire, Dimitris Kastritsis
8. Byzantine Authority and Latin Rule in the Gattilusio Lordships, Christopher Wright
9. 'New Wine in Old Skins': Crusading Literature and Crusading in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Later Middle Ages, Christopher Tyerman
10. Aragon versus Turkey - Tirant lo Blanc and the Conquerer: Iberia, the Crusade and Late Medieval Chivalry, David Abulafia
11. Palestine in Late Medieval Islamic Spirituality and Culture, Robert Irwin
12. Turks, Mamluks and Latin Merchants: Commerce, Conflictand Co-operation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Kate Fleet
13. Byzantium and the West in the 1360s: the Kydones Version, Judith Ryder
Index

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