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    DescriptionThis book examines the intriguing interaction between the spiritual and the political whilst reconstructs the awe-inspiring city in its heyday of 1200. During the early Middle Ages, travellers to the East returned with stories of a place called Miklagarth, a city so vast that its churches, palaces and monasteries covered the land and so rich that its ruler could scatter bagfuls of gold among his astonished guests. This was no legend or tall tale because Miklagarth was a real place. Better known as Constantinople, it was the capital city of the empire of Byzantium and a major political force in the eastern Mediterranean for over a thousand years. The mythical aura that surrounded Constantinople was no accident. It was assiduously cultivated by the Byzantine emperors to bolster their power, wealth and prestige. Jonathan Harris examines the intriguing interaction between the mythical and the actual to reconstruct the city at the peak of its power.

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    Capital of Byzantium
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jonathan Harris
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780826430861
    ISBN 10: 0826430864

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC1
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000, HIS037010, HIS002000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/TURKEY
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAZ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS055000
    B&T Approval Code: A14203030
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAZ
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 949.618012
    LC classification: DR729 .H37 2009
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 949.6180902
    Thema V1.0: NHDJ
    Illustrations note
    8 bw illustrations
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
    Publication date
    05 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Jonathan Harris taught English in Turkey before completing his doctorate in Byzantine History in 1993. He is currently Reader in Byzantine Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (Continuum).
    Review quote
    "'It is a tribute to Harris's skill as a writer that his book produces in the reader a sense of loss... A readable, informative, and vivid book, offering an evocative picture of the city in the context of the culture that produced it. Highly recommended.' Richard Fraser, Coll. of Physicians of Philadelphia"
    Table of contents
    Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The City of Wonders; 2. Founding Fathers; 3. Defence; 4. Palaces and Power; 5. Churches and Monasteries; 6. 'Two Thirds of the Wealth in this World'; 7. Democracy; 8. The Beginning of the End; 9. The Ruin of Byzantine Constantinople; 10. Epilogue: Byzantine Constantinople Today; Bibliography; Index.