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'Kaegi offers a comprehensive and lucid analysis of Roman and Persian relationships in the early seventh century … Kaegi's study usefully fills out an all too common gap in modern perceptions of early medieval history.' The Times Literary Supplement
'Kaegi is a master of his sources and this biography will provide the starting point for future serious study of the emperor.' History Today
'Kaegi brings his broad knowledge of Eastern sources to this biography, the first in English.' Judith Herrin, BBC History
'… a compelling assessment of an extraordinary reign.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
This book evaluates the life and empire of the pivotal yet controversial and poorly understood Byzantine emperor Heraclius (AD 610–641), a contemporary of the Prophet Muhammad. His stormy reign is critical for understanding the background to fundamental changes in the Middle East and Balkans, including the emergence of Islam.See all Product Description