Byzantium the name evokes grandeur and exoticism gold cunning and complexity in this unique book judith herrin unveils the riches of a quite different civilization. Byzantium the name evokes grandeur and exoticism gold cunning and complexity in this unique book judith herrin unveils the riches of a quite different civilization avoiding a standard chronological account of the byzantine empires millennium long history she identifies the fundamental . Judith herrin is professor of late antique and byzantine studies at kings college london she is the author of women in purple rulers of medieval byzantium and the formation of christendom both princeton. Byzantium the surprising life of a medieval empire by judith herrin 392pp allen lane 20 the byzantines present a dead uniformity of abject vices which are neither softened by the weakness . In short byzantium is hot stuff from a historical point of view an excellent introduction and much more to the history of this great empire is prof judith herrins kings college london book byzantium the surprising life of a medieval empire
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