Although this was a great book, I have to get the three volume set now.
Not only has Norwich ventured into the unknown mystique that is Byzantium but does a great job writing a historical narrative at the same time.
All in all, this is one of the best history books I've ever read, and I would recommend it to anyone remotely interested in the subject.
This is not the most scholarly or even, let's be honest, the most serious introduction to Byzantium. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sirin
Typical CZ written in cz's typical down to earth manner and at the same time written in a most informative mannerPublished 4 months ago by rabbit
If you're going to Istanbul, as I am, you want to know a lot about the Byzantine Empire.This book is supposedly for the general reader. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard Wirtz
Too much information in one book, otherwise great book. This is a fascinating era in the history of current turkey , I might have to retread it again.Published 11 months ago by SHIRIN Tabibzadeh
Too many events with too little explanation. Since Byzantium ran on the coup of the year plan, going through each chage of power, century after century, gets old fast. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard Carlson
I gave up on this, too much detail on a subject I'd hoped would be more of an overview since it is condensed from three volumes. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jo
It's hard to cover 100 years of history in a single volume but the author manages to do it well. I liked his "History of Venice "even more.Published 15 months ago by Patricia Mulvenna
The author is evidently considered the pre-eminent scholar in Byzantine history. He has completed a three volume history that has been roundly praised. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stanley
For those of you who can't get through the three volume set, or afford it for that matter. this shortened edition is extremely well composed.Published 22 months ago by Mark A. Schuldt