♥ Book Title : A History of the Crusades
☯ Full Synopsis : "Analyzes the Crusades from European and Arabic viewpoints"Article| Steven Runciman| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The First Crusade
☯ Full Synopsis : "A narrative account of the First Crusade."Article| Steven Runciman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Last Byzantine Renaissance
☯ Full Synopsis : "During the last two centuries of its existence the Byzantine Empire was politically in a state of utter decadence, but, in contrast, its intellectual life has never before shone so brilliantly. In these four lectures the author discusses the leading scholars of the period, their erudition, their intense individualism, their controversies and their achievements."Article| Steven Runciman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Byzantine Style, Religion and Civilization
☯ Full Synopsis : "A 2006 volume of cutting-edge essays written in honour of renowned Byzantinist Sir Steven Runciman."Article| Elizabeth Jeffreys| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A History of the Crusades: Volume 2, The Kingdom of Jerusalem
☯ Full Synopsis : "Sir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades, one of the great classics of English historical writing, is now being reissued. This volume describes the Frankish states of Outremer from the accession of King Baldwin I to the re-conquest of Jerusalem by Saladin. As Runciman says in his preface, 'The politics of the Moslem world in the early twelfth-century defy straightforward analysis, but they must be understood if we are to understand the establishment of the Crusader states and the later causes of the recovery of Islam ... The main theme in this volume is warfare ... I have followed the example of the old chroniclers, who knew their business; for war was the background to life in Outremer and the hazards of the battlefield often decided its destiny.'"Article| Steven Runciman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Outlandish Knight
☯ Full Synopsis : "'An extraordinary book ... exceptionally fascinating, always readable and penetratingly intelligent' David Abulafia 'As rich, funny and teemingly peopled as Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time ... Dinshaw writes with wit and elegance, and the most elegiac passages of Outlandish Knight evoke a lost society London and way of life' Ben Judah, Financial Times 'This dazzling young writer is a mine of fascinating, memorable and totally useless information... I have been riveted by this book from start to finish, and leave the reader with one word of advice. Watch Minoo Dinshaw. He will go far' John Julius Norwich, Sunday Telegraph The biography of one of the greatest British historians - but also of a uniquely strange and various man In his enormously long life, Steven Runciman managed not just to be a great historian of the Crusades and Byzantium, but Grand Orator of the Orthodox Church, a member of the Order of Whirling Dervishes, Greek Astronomer Royal and Laird of Eigg. His friendships, curiosities and intrigues entangled him in a huge array of different artistic movements, civil wars, Cold War betrayals and, above all, the rediscovery of the history of the Eastern Mediterranean. He was as happy living in a remote part of the Inner Hebrides as in the heart of Istanbul. He was obsessed with historical truth, but also with tarot, second sight, ghosts and the uncanny. Outlandish Knight is a dazzling debut by a writer who has prodigious gifts, but who also has had the ability to spot one of the great biographical subjects. This is an extremely funny book about a man who attracted the strangest experiences, but also a very serious one. It is about the rigours of a life spent in the distant past, but also about the turbulent world of the twentieth century, where so much that Runciman studied and cherished would be destroyed."Article| Minoo Dinshaw| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A History of the First Bulgarian Empire
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♥ Book Title : Byzantine Style and Civilization
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♥ Book Title : The Fall of Constantinople, 1453
☯ Full Synopsis : "Shows the importance of events to the Turks as the victors and to the Greeks as the vanquished. Written from the point of view of the Greek people as the tragic hero."Article| Steven Runciman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : AZIZ SURYAL ATIYA
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♥ Book Title : The Byzantine Theocracy
☯ Full Synopsis : "A study of the theocratic constitution of the Byzantine Empire."Article| Steven Runciman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Lost Capital of Byzantium
☯ Full Synopsis : "Clinging to a rugged hillside in the lush valley of Sparta lies Mistra, one of the most dramatically beautiful Byzantine cities in Greece, a place steeped in history, myth and romance. Following the Frankish conquest of the Peloponnese in the 13th century, William II of Villehardouin built a great castle on a hill near Sparta that later came to be known as Mistra. Ten years later, in a battle in northern Greece, Villehardouin was defeated and captured by the Byzantine Emperor. The terms for his release included giving Mistra to the Byzantine Greeks. Under their rule, the city flourished, harbouring the people of Sparta during the wars between the Franks and the Greeks, and eventually became the capital of the Peloponnese. It developed into a centre of learning and the arts and was a focal point for the cultural development of Europe. Mistra fell to the, Ottomans when the Byzantine empire collapsed, was later half-destroyed by the Albanians in the 18th century and finally devastated by Ibrahim Pasha during the Greek War of Independence. Sir Steven Runciman, one of the most distinguished historians of the Byzantine period, travelled to Mistra on numerous occasions and became enchanted with the place. Now published in paperback for the first time, Lost City of Byzantium tells the story of this once-great city - its rise and fall and its place in the history of the Peloponnese and the Byzantine empire."Article| Steven Runciman| Statement ..."