This is the history of the Byzantine Empire from the beginning of the Eastern Roman Empire to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. It is a story of great political complexity involving many extraordinary figures with a great cultural heritage which ended in tragedy.
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: 'He is brilliant...He writes like the most cultivated modern diplomat attached by a freak of time to the Byzantine court, with intimate knowledge, tactful judgment and a consciousness of the surviving monuments' - "Independent". In this exciting narrative history, John Julius Norwich, one of most accomplished popular historians, reveals the beginning of Byzantium. He tells of the five formative centuries of an empire that would enthrall the western world for more than eleven hundred years.