Filled with unforgettable stories of emperors, generals, and religious patriarchs, as well as fascinating glimpses into the life of the ordinary citizen, Lost to the West reveals how much we owe to the Byzantine Empire that was the equal of any in its achievements, appetites, and enduring legacy. For more than a millennium, Byzantium reigned as the glittering seat of Christian civilization. When Europe fell into the Dark Ages, Byzantium held fast against Muslim expansion, keeping Christianity alive. Streams of wealth flowed into Constantinople, making possible unprecedented wonders of art and architecture. And the emperors who ruled Byzantium enacted a saga of political intrigue and conquest as astonishing as anything in recorded history. Lost to the West is replete with stories of assassination, mass mutilation and execution, sexual scheming, ruthless grasping for power, and clashing armies that soaked battlefields with the blood of slain warriors numbering in the tens of thousands.
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by Lars Brownworth
by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
by Barbara W. Tuchman
by John Lukacs
by Carolly Erickson
by Burke Davis
by Henry Hobhouse
by Joy Hakim
by Ronald H. Spector
"The Byzantine Empire is usually remembered for its striking religious icons, its Orthodox Christianity, and the glory that was Constantinople between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance of Western Europe. This book does a marvelous job of delving deeper into Byzantine history to show us how it endured and saved European culture. Author and narrator Lars Brownworth hits the daily double by both writing an excellent book and narrating it with aplomb, intelligence, and wit. He has a calm, friendly voice, and he uses it to make the material accessible and interesting. He enunciates every word and, as the author, knows where to provide emphasis for effect. Brownworth is not flashy, but he tells the story well. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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