Byzantium (I): The Early Centuries

Byzantium (I): The Early Centuries

Hardcover(1st American ed)

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ISBN-13: 9780394537788
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1989
Series: Byzantium Series
Edition description: 1st American ed
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.61(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

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Byzantium: The Early Centuries 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew nothing at all about the Byzantines when I started this book. In fact, I bought it only because I liked the cover and had a coupon. The story grabs you from the first chapter, and leaves you guessing and reading into the night as much as any work of fiction. People get their noses cut off, marriages end in disaster, an empire falls, and one of the world's most beautiful buildings is constructed. Lord Norwich has a superb command of language, which flows with a sort of baroque richness. Look, I'll loan you my copy if you want! This book is a must-read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was out shopping with my mother one day after my birthday when I came across Lord Norwich's books. I immediately purused through them for maybe two minutes and decided then and there that I had to have them. At first they were a bit slow going for the first 20 pages or so, but after that it was very smooth to follow. I was so captivated by Norwich's narrative that I had to leave the books at home when I went to college, otherwise I would not have gotten anything done. Since reading his work I have since developed a keen interest in Byzantine history and geography which I may make into a career. Thank you very much Lord Norwich.
Panoply More than 1 year ago
A SUPERB history of the Eastern Roman Empire, more commonly called Byzantium. Norwich was, apparently, born to write this trilogy. It has become my 'go to' text(s) for Byzantium. I must have read each three times. I liked it so much that, after owning and enjoying the printing for years, I invested in The Folio Society's edition - a very elegant edition and one I don't read. It is just hor having. The original trilogy is showing signs of use, after all. In case you haven't figured it out yet, I love this trilogy and urge you to read it. Norwich DID write 'A Shirt History of Byzantium,' which I highly recommend if this much reading is a turn off. While I've not read it, I feel comfy saying it will be excellent!