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How Turks Came To Anatolia: The Battle Of Manzikert

The Seljuk Turks defeated the Byzantine army in 1071 Manzikert Battle and opened up Anatolia for Turkish rule. This is how the seeds of the Ottoman Empire were planted. by ZEYNEP ŞAHIN First published in TRT World The Battle of … Continue reading

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A Byzantine ancestor to same-sex marriage?

You might think same-sex marriage is something completely new. You would be mostly right, but history has other things to show us. History is not as familiar as we sometimes think it is. by Mark Masterson First published in The Conversation … Continue reading

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Like a Tramp 2016

Hello to all Blog readers! First off, I hope that you had a happy and peaceful Christmas with those that you love. I would like to say thank you to so many of you for sponsoring me in the past … Continue reading

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Complete set of A Short History of Byzantium audio for sale

There is a very rare opportunity to purchase the complete and unabridged audiobook of John Julius Norwich’s “A Short History of Byzantium”, brilliantly narrated by John McDonough. The audiobook consists of 16 cassettes in very good condition offering 23.5 running hours; I … Continue reading

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Monks’ Secret: Asbestos Lurking Beneath Byzantine Wall Paintings

Hundreds of years before asbestos became ubiquitous in the construction industry, Byzantine monks used the fibrous material in plaster coatings underlying their wall paintings during the late 1100s, new research shows. By Joseph Castro First published in Live Science, April … Continue reading

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Walking home for Christmas like tramps

Last year many of you made generous contributions to help me raise £2,500 for the homeless charity Shelter. This year I am almost doubling the distance I walk, and the nights out sleeping rough in the cold December weather, to … Continue reading

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Annual Lecture of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies: Byzantium’s first encounters with the Turks

Apologies for the very late notice but if you are in London tomorrow, 5 November, try to make the Annual Lecture of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies which will be held in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), … Continue reading

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