The ApogeeBook - 1993
In Byzantium- The Early Centuries John Julius Norwich told the epic tale of the Roman Empire's second capital up to Christmas Day AD 800 - when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as a rival emperor. This second volume of his magnificent trilogy covers the following three centuries, up to the coronation of the heroic Alexius Comnenus in 1081. For sheer vividness and pace his account could hardly be bettered. 'He offers character sketches of the frequently appalling personages who infest his narrative, and does so with the self-confident assurance of a Macaulay or a Gibbon ... It is humane even when contemplating inhumanity; it is witty; and it tells a remarkable story with boundless and disarming zest' - Allan Massie in the Daily Telegraph'Eminently readable' - Frederic Raphael in the Spectator'Lord Norwich is always on the lookout for the small but revealing details ... He also pays attention to the significant anecdote and bizarre episode. All of this he r
Publisher: London : Penguin, 1993.
Characteristics: xxiv, 389 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.