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The Reluctant Emperor

The Reluctant Emperor
A Biography of John Cantacuzene, Byzantine Emperor and Monk, c.1295–1383

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  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521522014

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  • John Cantacuzene reigned as Byzantine emperor in Constantinople from 1347 to 1354. A man of varied talents, as a scholar, soldier, statesman, theologian and monk, he was unique in being the only emperor to narrate the events of his own career. His memoirs form one of the most interesting and literate of all Byzantine histories. Following his abdication in 1354, he lived the last thirty years of his life as a monk, a writer and a grey eminence behind the throne. This book is not a social or political history of the Byzantine Empire in the fourteenth century. It is a biography of a much maligned man who had a hope, however naive, of coming to terms with the emerging Muslim world of Asia and of winning the co-operation of western Christendom without compromising the Orthodox faith of the Byzantine tradition.

    • A further stylish and attractive study by one of the most elegant writers on Byzantine history
    • Was the first biography in English of a unique life as Byzantine emperor and monk
    • Accessible to the general reader and illustrated from contemporary sources
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    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521522014
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    Introduction
    List of abbreviations
    1. The political and social background
    2. The old order changes, 1321–1328
    3. Emperor in waiting, 1328–1341
    4. War for the throne, 1341–1347
    5. Emperor of the Roman, 1347–1351
    6. Emperor of the Roman, 1351–1354
    7. Monk, historian and theologian, 1354–1383
    8. Character, achievements and failures
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Donald M. Nicol, King's College London

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