Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pg. 99: Jonathan Harris' "The End of Byzantium"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: The End of Byzantium by Jonathan Harris.

About the book, from the publisher:
By 1400, the once-mighty Byzantine Empire stood on the verge of destruction. Most of its territories had been lost to the Ottoman Turks, and Constantinople was under close blockade. Against all odds, Byzantium lingered on for another fifty years until 1453, when the Ottomans dramatically toppled the capital’s walls. During this bleak and uncertain time, ordinary Byzantines faced difficult decisions to protect their livelihoods and families against the death throes of their homeland. In this evocative and moving book, Jonathan Harris explores individual stories of diplomatic maneuverings, covert defiance, and sheer luck against a backdrop of major historical currents and offers a new perspective on the real reasons behind the fall of this extraordinarily fascinating empire.
Learn more about The End of Byzantium at the Yale University Press website.

Jonathan Harris is Reader in Byzantine History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

The Page 99 Test: The End of Byzantium.

--Marshal Zeringue