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The Emperor Romanus Lecapenus and his Reign: A Study of Tenth-Century Byzantium (Cambridge Paperback Library) Paperback – August 26, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0521357227 ISBN-10: 0521357225

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  • Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 26, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521357225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521357227
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A remarkably able book ... A fine piece of work - in every respect a most valuable contribution to the history of a difficult period.' New Statesman

'Deep learning and taste and skill in its presentation have combined to produce a work which is a credit to Cambridge scholarship and history.' The Times

'A very readable book, extraordinarily full of detail yet never dull. It seems to me to be a model of what such books should be.' Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature

'The author has certainly provided for this hitherto neglected emperor his 'proper mansion in history'.' English Historical Review

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Originally published in 1929, with a hardcover reissue in 1963, this study of the usurping Byzantium emperor is released again in response to the current revival of interest in Byzantium studies.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John P. Sander on November 9, 2006
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This book is a wonderful introduction not only to Emperor Romanus and the various challenges he faced in his reign but also to the state of the east Mediterrianian world in the first half of the Tenth Century. Runciman manages once again to apply energetic prose to sound scholarship. He also navigates the reader through the complicated intrigues at the Imperial Court in Constantinople which can be hard to understand for the beginning Byzantine Scholar. Runciman makes the reader conscious of the fact that the soldier-emperors Nicephorus Phocas, John Tsmiszes and Basil II of the second half of Tenth century benefitted from the leadership of Romanus and the well- oiled Byzantine administrative and military machine he guided for twenty-five years. I warmly recommend this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sioletic Stefano on March 8, 2008
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I don't know, maybe i am not objective with Runciman's work, i considered himself the most extraordinary historian,although he is not the "modern type of novelist historian" he still is the person that most successfully brings me in the period that he describes. It is unbelievable that he was so young when he wrote this book. Never before Lecapenu's period was analyzed so well by the historians like Gibbon or Finlay and their judgment was so negative, after this all historians wrote for the Lecapenu's period the same exactly opinion that he gave more than 75 years ago.This has to mean something. It is so beautiful to think that Lecapenus, the ninth century of byzantium is living trough the book so well written by the biggest historian ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 28, 2012
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This book, first published in 1929 by Sir Steven Runciman, then aged 26, was his first. It was also one of his best. It is still published and it very much remains a a major reference for anyone wanting to study Byzantium's tenth century, or, more generally, anyone wanting to learn about Byzantium and the beginnings of what another author termed the "Byzantine Recovery".

The Emperor Romanus Lecapenus was a bit of an originality in the history of Byzantium. He was an usurper, which was hardly original, but he was also the only Admiral of the Fleet who was able to both seize power and remain on the throne for about a quarter of a century, and he was not part of the BYzantine aristocracy but had very humble origins. It was somewhat rare for someone of such a background to be able to go so high. Interestingly, he is one of the less well-known of all the emperors, despite the achievements that took place during his reign. This is largely why this book is so valuable, although there is more to it than that.

As Runciman, whose symphathy for his character tend to show, he came to power in troubled times, with the war agains the First Bulgarian Empire going badly and relations with the Patriarch being rather tense. He solved both problems by playing a waiting game, as Runciman describes so well. He applied Byzantine diplomacy against the Bulgars, paying for the Serbs to attack them while they fruitelessly exshausted themselves in trying to assault the fortifications of the great city, and then waited for the Bulgarian Symeon to die and the exhausted Bulgars to sue for peace. This put an end to a threat that had lasted more than a century and it allowed him to focus on the East at a time where the Abbasid caliphate was going into decline and fragmenting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Jarvis on September 22, 2009
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What more can be said (looking at the other reviews)about a brilliant author giving us superb insight into a man and time where a lack of original source material is glaring. Lecapenus, much maligned by his son in law and Gibbons, now comes to light as a wise and sensible ruler exactly when he was needed....
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