Category Archives: Modern Books

Kostash takes spiritual ‘journey to Byzantium’‎

Myrna Kostash has been a regular blog correspondent and has kept me in my place on occasions when I have published work or links that I should have checked more thoroughly. In late 2010 she published her most recent book … Continue reading

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Health and Disease in Byzantine Crete – Medicine in the Medieval Mediterranean

For those seriously into this subject, this book sounds just the tonic! Daily life and living conditions in the Byzantine world are relatively underexplored subjects, often neglected in comparison with more visible aspects of Byzantine culture, such as works of … Continue reading

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Introducing Librivox – Decline and Fall by Gibbon

As some of you may know I am a bit of a podcast fan. I listen to a number from the BBC and of course the excellent weekly podcast on the History of Rome by Mike Duncan. All free and … Continue reading

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Byzantium: From Antiquity to the Renaissance

A new book by Thomas F Mathews. Described by Amazon as follows: “With images culled from eleven hundred years of history, this comprehensive survey explores the Byzantine empires vast range of artistic splendours that indelibly informed the art of modern … Continue reading

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Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore by Stella Duffy

Tom Holland enjoys a rip-roaring ride with an empress. A new book out in hardback. Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore by Stella Duffy, 352pp, published by Virago, £12.99 First published in The Guardian, Saturday 17 July 2010 The grander the show of … Continue reading

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Blog correspondent Myrna Kostash’s new book

If any of you are ever drawn to the comments submitted at the foot of some of the blog posts, you may well have come across a comment or two by the Canadian author Myrna Kostash. She is a welcome … Continue reading

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Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades by Jonathan Phillips

It seems our fascination with the Crusades, and the temptation to draw parallels with current tensions between Christian and Muslim, and East and West, is as popular as ever with many new books on the subject. Of course we all … Continue reading

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Edward Luttvak Interview

Watch Edward Luttvak interviewed by Harry Kreisler in the Berkeley University series Conversations with History. Edward Luttvak discusses his book “The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire.” Visit the books section to read a review from the Wall Street Journal. … Continue reading

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The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land by Thomas Asbridge and Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades by Jonathan Phillips

Malise Ruthven admires two books that ask how modern conflicts have come to be clothed in the language of medieval holy wars   The historian Marc Bloch, who died a martyr’s death when shot by the Nazis, observed that “once … Continue reading

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New Book: The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire

By Edward Luttwak (Belknap/Harvard, 498 pages, $35) In A.D. 395, Roman Emperor Theodosius I split his realm between his two sons, giving the Western empire—with Rome at its heart—to Honorius, and the eastern half—Byzantium—to his brother, Arkadios. Honorius seemed to … Continue reading

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