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‘Two thirds of the wealth of this world’

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is Professor of the History of Byzantium at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd ed., 2014) and The End of Byzantium (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... 6–7; Harris 1995: 391–2; Maniatis 1999: 263–332; Dagron 2002: 438–44, 461; Mathews 1998: 79–86; Frazer 1973: 147–62. These activities certainly generated wealth for some. A poor poet wrote wistfully that he should have become a gold filigree...

The God-guarded city

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is Professor of the History of Byzantium at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd ed., 2014) and The End of Byzantium (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The deeds of Constantine and Justinian were not the only ingredients in the potent myth of the Queen of Cities. Another boast that the Byzantines of 1200 were proud to make to visitors was that the city had never been taken by a foreign...

Indian summer

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is Professor of the History of Byzantium at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd ed., 2014) and The End of Byzantium (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The capture of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade in April 1204 removed from power at a stroke both the Angelos dynasty and those who had served it. Niketas Choniates, who had been a minister to both Isaac II and Alexios III, found...

The Latin interlude

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is Professor of the History of Byzantium at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd ed., 2014) and The End of Byzantium (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...According to legend, shortly after Constantinople had been inaugurated in 330, Constantine the Great consulted a famous astrologer, Vettius Valens, to discover how long the city would last. The answer was very precise: 696 years exactly...

Mobility

A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Renaissance Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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... the dispersed culture of Al-Andalus, extending through North Africa and the Ottoman empire to the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Ocean (Harris 2015). If anything, the transnational Judeo-Muslim network was revitalized by the Portuguese...

Byzantine Constantinople today

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is Professor of the History of Byzantium at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd ed., 2014) and The End of Byzantium (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... in the collection of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC is thought to depict John II Komnenos: Mathews 1998: 38–9.Roundel depicting a Byzantine emperor, Venice (Jonathan Phillips).Whereas the whole of Venice has long since been designated a World...

The ruin of Byzantine Constantinople

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is Professor of the History of Byzantium at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd ed., 2014) and The End of Byzantium (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... Harris 1996: 209; Harris 1995: 391–2. Above all, it was still an international commercial entrepôt. While much of the trade had been diverted through Galata and the emperor reaped much less in the way of revenue, his subjects were able...

City of wonders

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is Professor of the History of Byzantium at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd ed., 2014) and The End of Byzantium (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...In around the year 1110, King Sigurd I Magnusson of Norway and a band of followers were sailing home in their longships after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Cruising up the Aegean, they planned to reach their distant northern home by a land...

Democracy

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is Professor of the History of Byzantium at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd ed., 2014) and The End of Byzantium (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The breathless accounts of the wealth and splendour of Constantinople were based, of course, on the lives of the rich and powerful. Inevitably, it was only a tiny proportion of Constantinople’s citizens that lived in such style...

Palaces and power

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is Professor of the History of Byzantium at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of Byzantium and the Crusades (2nd ed., 2014) and The End of Byzantium (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constantinople : Capital of Byzantium

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Like everything else in Byzantine Constantinople, politics was approached through the prism of metaphysical ideology and that ideology had begun with Constantine. A contemporary of the great emperor, Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea (c...