Western Travellers to Constantinople

Western Travellers to Constantinople : The West and Byzantium, 962-1204 - Cultural and Political Relations

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This volume deals with relations between the West and Byzantium, from the accession of Otto I the Great in Germany in 962, until the Fourth Crusade when Constantinople was conquered by the Western crusading armies in 1204. The impact which these contacts and confrontations had on both sides is discussed in sections dealing with specific areas (such as the North, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) as well as in sections dealing with specific aspects of the process: the journey, the attractions of the East, and the idea of 'autoritates' and 'translationes' of various political and intellectual ideas. An extensive index will help readers to find specific topics. The book is illustrated with maps, and with a number of objects betraying Byzantine influence in the West, or Western presence in Byzantium.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 402 pages
  • 128 x 188 x 12mm | 258.55g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 32 illustrations, maps
  • 9004106375
  • 9789004106376

Table of contents

Preface Maps Introduction 1 I. Travelling to Byzantium 21 II. The Attractions of Constantinople 45 III. Auctoritates and Translationes 78 IV. The Northern Countries 102 V. Britain 129 VI. France 161 VII. The Holy Roman Empire 201 VIII. The Italian Peninsula 245 IX. The Iberian Peninsula 295 X. Byzantium: Fountain of Life and Learning 322 List of Byzantine Emperors 355 List of Illustrations 357 List of Abbreviations/Bibliography 359 Index 367
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About K. N. Ciggaar

Krijnie N. Ciggaar, Ph.D. (1976) in History, University of Leiden, has published extensively on relations between Byzantium and the West (history and literature).
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