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This review is from: A Short History of Byzantium (Paperback)
This book is awesome in scope, entailing the 1000 years plus history of Greek Byzantium, the eastern Roman empire in a single volume. The author passes the test with flying colours. Not only that but the story is gripping, this true life account is more fascinating than any TV soap, from the beginning to the highly charged finale - where I was surprised to find out that the European powers had as much to do with the collapse of this great empire as the Turks did. The final Epilogue could have been bigger, but in a way its better that the story is just told. The final image in my mind is of the moving last ceremony held in St. Sophia cathedral, even as they could hear the walls of the city being battered and know it was all over, and of the last emperor Constantin XI, removing his imperial robes and throwing himself into the besieging Turks where the battle was at its thickest, never to be seen again.