Byzantium Triumphant, The Military History of the Byzantines, 959-1025

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The Roman Empire expanded to rule most of the known world. In the process, it inevitably expanded beyond its ability to administrate. Equally inevitable was the subsequent fall of the Roman Empire, but it was not extinguished. Instead it divided under two Emperors. In the West it did break up and dissolve, but the Eastern Empire continued on and was able to defend itself from attackers to the West and to the East. The author has provided a compelling account of the period of triumph, as the world moved into the Middle Ages. The text is supported by an interesting monochrome photo-plate section. Strongly Recommended.

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NAME: Byzantium Triumphant, The Military History of the Byzantines, 959-1025
FILE: R2301
AUTHOR: Julian Romane
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 207
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Eastern Roman Empire, Constantine, Constantinople, Byzantium, Byzantine Empire, military history, tactics, naval forces, technology, weapons, Tenth Century, Eleventh Century
ISBN: 1-47384-570-X
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DESCRIPTION: The Roman Empire expanded to rule most of the known world. In the process, it inevitably expanded beyond its ability to administrate. Equally inevitable was the subsequent fall of the Roman Empire, but it was not extinguished. Instead it divided under two Emperors. In the West it did break up and dissolve, but the Eastern Empire continued on and was able to defend itself from attackers to the West and to the East. The author has provided a compelling account of the period of triumph, as the world moved into the Middle Ages. The text is supported by an interesting monochrome photo-plate section. Strongly Recommended.

This book has been carefully researched and provides fresh insights into an empire that bridges the period from the fall of Rome to the new nations and religions of the Middle Ages. The Eastern Emperors provided the lifeboat for the culture and military capabilities of the Roman Empire.

The period covered by the book is a story of intrigue, political conflict, assassination and military achievement. It was a period where the lands to the north west were ruled by the descendants of the tribes that laid waste to the Roman Empire and continued to provide a very active threat to Byzantium. However, the growing threat was to the East from the Arab caliphates. The Crusader Armies, that were created to free the Holy Land from the Arab caliphates, were to prove as much a threat to Byzantium as they were to the Arabs.

The author has drawn on evidence of Byzantine military manuals. This has provided a gripping narrative that is based on a detailed understanding of tactics, organization, training, doctrine and politics of Byzantium. The book is broken into the succession of Emperors, creating a clear time line and showing how Byzantium was forced to face in two directions to counter the threats that it faced. There is a comprehensive bibliography and index, but the text flows nicely through the book in an absorbing narrative.

The period covered is important to an understanding of how the ancient world migrated into the modern world. It has not been covered well in the past. There is no obvious reason for this, other than perhaps the focus on the development of Europe and the focus on how Europe reacted to the Arab caliphates. Sitting between these two powerful forces, Byzantium has been unable to attract much attention from historians, but it has a history as rich or richer and a series of tales of intrigue and conflict that deserves consideration. It can be argued that Byzantium has been the missing link between the ancient civilizations and the Renaissance that was to follow the brutal period of conflicting Abramic religions during the Middle Ages, to produce the modern world with all of its achievements and disasters.

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