Byzantium i the early centuries john julius norwich on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers volume 1 of the series includes 32 pages of illustrations and 11 maps and tables. Byzantium the early centuries 1989 is a popular history book written by english historian john julius norwich published by viking content in the book norwich covers the period 286 802 ad from the establishment of the tetrarchy by diocletian and the beginning of the dominate in the roman empire to the coronation of charlemagne and the deposition of the empress irene of athens. Byzantium the early centuries john julius norwich knopf mar 18 1989 history 407 pages 17 reviews describes byzantiums battles against foreign threats its internal conflicts the return of iconoclasm in the ninth century and the struggles between anatolias military aristocracy and the eunuchs of the capital. Byzantium the early centuries has problems but im not certain these problems are the fault of norwich the shortest volume in the trilogy it covers the greatest amount of time and throughout the book you can hear the author straining through long periods with few contemporary sources to their name. Byzantium the early centuries 1989 about book the history of the byzantine empire is a monotonous story of the intrigues of priests eunuchs and women of poisonings of conspiracies of uniform ingratitude of perpetual fratricidesso opens john norwichs meticulously detailed account of the first 500 years of byzantine history when he quotes leckys history of european morals
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