The National Quarterly Review Volume 19

The National Quarterly Review Volume 19

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... was the antithesis of the profiigacy of the surrounding population. The patriotism of the hardy mountain tribes of Albania, Bulgaria and Armenia, shone forth by the side of the slavishness and effeminacy of the Greeks. The fiery_zeal of the Saracens struck terror into the souls of the degenerate successors of Alexander and Constantine, and the dismayed inhabitants of _ Constantinople twice beheld their walls assailed by these fearless enthusiasts. The phrase "Byzantine Empire" requires definition. If we consider it as equivalent to the eastern Roman empire, we must study the history of the period which elapsed between the partition of the Roman empire by Theodosius between his sons, Honorius and Arcadius, A. D. 395, and the final subjugation of Constantinople by the Turks, A. D. 1453--a lapse of 1058 years. This is what Gibbon has done; though with regard to the Western empire, he has continued its history until the year 1500. If we exclude the period during which the emperors of Roman descent held sway, and commence the history at the beginning of the reign of Leo the Isaurian, A. D. 716, and terminate it with the accession of Isaac Comnenus in 1057, a period of only three hundred and forty-one years, but during which the Greek emperors consolidated their despotism and restored the empire to its former splendor and military glory, then we confine ourselves solely to the consideration of the history of the purely native dynasties and princes, and omit the most interesting portion of all, viz., the reigns of theComneni, the capture of Constantinople by the Latins, and the establishment of their brief but brilliant sway, the re establishment of the Greek empire by the great families of Ducas, Angelus, and Paloeologus, the wars...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236987896
  • 9781236987891