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Byzantium: The Decline and Fall v. 3 Hardcover – 5 Oct 1995


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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition edition (5 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670823775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670823772
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By lucariello75 on 19 Aug 2003
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This is another masterpiece of popular history (although based on serious research and rigorous)by Julius Norwich.
The book is actually the final volume of the Byzantium trilogy by the same author, which covers all the over 1000 years of history of the Byzantine empire.
Readers who have already read the previous volumes already know how enjoyable and informative they are: the third volume adds to the virtues of the first two parts a tragic - at times pathetic - tone: this is the history of an agony, starting with the fall of the Comneni dinasty and extending over two centuries, during which the Byzantine empire is progressively reduced in its size, depleted of its riches, divided by internal strifes. It is a sad history indeed: and Julius Norwich is a master in striking a perfect balance between the need to give a serious account of a decline which has manifold causes, and that of keeping the reader involved in the narration.
He succeeds perfectly: at the end of the book you will know why Byzantium fell, and at the same you will feel sorry for it, after having ventured into the captivating account of the last siege by Mehmet the Conqueror (although this part of the book is basically a summary of Professor Runciman's previous work, as acknowledged by Norwich himself).
Finally, as suggested by other reviewers, I would recommend if possible NOT to buy the one-volume synopsis of Norwich's trilogy: don't be put off by the size of the three volumes, they are thoroughly enjoyable! Go for the big read!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb 2001
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John Julius Norwich is a great author and historian. Here he is given one of the worlds great tradgedies as his background and he uses it to create a compelling history.
From it's opening through to Mehmet "The conqueror" praying in Hagia Sophia, the spiritual heart of the empire, the whole book brings to life the death of Byzantium. It should be read after savouring the previous two books in the trilogy. I enjoyed the sequence so much it led me to visit Istanbul which proved to be one of the best vacations I have had.
The account of the final fall on that fateful Tuesday is brilliantly created. The heroism of Constantine as he dies fighting on the walls sums up the life of an empire which bridged the classic, medieval and modern worlds.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laconfiraux on 4 Dec 2005
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This was the first book i ever read on Byzantium, loaned to me via my history teacher (Kinghorn) and since then i have rarely had the book out of my possession. It is a truely gripping tale detailing the rise and then fall of the Comneni dynasty, the sack of the city by the travesty that was the fourth crusade, the final revival, and then the glorious fall of Constantinople. Norwich has a flair for the dramatic, and he knows how to spin a yarn so to speak, as he charts the decline of the greatest metropolis in the world, until it ends up empty, hollow and impoverished. Sadly, so many historians share the bias of Gibbon, and have had a tendency to loathe Byzantium as a corrupt and decadent civilisation, and this is perhaps the best major work a reader can find. Though the maps are small, they detail key locations, and generally give you an idea of the area, all that is needed. By the end of the book, you will nearly be in tears at the pitifulness of what was a great empire at the beginning of the book.
A book that should be read by all, detailing the most glorious end to any empire on earth.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Puffin on 3 Jan 2004
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This series of books (permit me to include mention of the other two in the trilogy here) is a great read, a telling of the complete saga of Byzantine history, covering a period of 1000 years. The author lays bare the facts about the various Emperors of Byzantium, the good, the bad, the incompetent and the heroic, giving as good idea as possible about each of their character, deeds and misdeeds, and the times and events in which they existed. He does it in a style that draws the reader in and captivates the interest which I find admirable. This is definately the way history should be written.
I was disappointed by the maps at the beginning of each book: they only give a very vague idea of where things are happening, and I would have loved to have seen what areas the Empire controlled at various points in its history. It seems a shame to have to look elsewhere for such maps, considering the quality of the writing.
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For a long time to come this trilogy of books will be the first and last word for the general reader looking to learn about this most vibrant, fascinating, ignored and downright misunderstood of civilisations.

Now that I'm drawing to a close with volume three, I wanted to take the time to give an overview of the whole series of books. I'll say first that these are really first rate books, the kind of history text that you could give to anyone an they'd enjoy them and learn from them. Norwich is a wonderful writer, with a confident grasp of the facts and possessed of an urbane, engaging and fluent style.

He is also disarmingly honest about his books' perceived limitations. Look elsewhere, he says, if you are a scholar who wants to learn from something new. Look elsewhere also if you want a real nuts and bolts account of dailt life and socio-ecomonic history of the empire. That's not to say he doesn't give us glimpses of what daily and spiritual life might have been like for the ordinary Byzantine. But for the most parts it's the key events and the key players that interest him and us.

VOLUME THREE is the spectacular culmination of Norwich's trilogy. Of course, we all know what's coming, but that doesn't make it any less hard-hitting when we read about the fall of Constantinople. After hundreds of pages and months of reading, it almost felt like someone I knew had died! This book is slightly different in tone again from its predecessors, in that it deals with history on the broadest of canvasses. How could it be otherwise? This was a time when Byzantium was caught up in- and eventually swept away by- events and antagonists coming at it from both east and west. This book covers the period of the crusades and the rise of the Turks to true preeminence.
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