I continue my interview with Professor Lawrence Butler here. He has some great recommendations of places to visit when you’re in Istanbul! (Part 1 can be found here: https://eileenstephenson.com/byzantine-art-a-historians-view-part-1/) Q – Having spent some time in Istanbul, what other buildings do you recommend visiting to learn more about Byzantine architecture,
Most of us have heard of the legend of Vlad Dracul, also known as Vlad the Impaler, and later simply as Dracula. This prince of Wallachia had a reputation for viciously impaling his defeated enemies – a brutal practice during a brutal time. Not being much of a fan of
I recently read a book about the city of Paris and the author mentioned that a particular hospital was the “first hospital in Europe”. I had to shake my head at his ignorance of the history of the Byzantines. However, it inspired me to make a list of a few things I know of that the Byzantines did long before the rest of Europe did.
Michael Keroularios was one of the most powerful of medieval patriarchs in Constantinople. Did he seek the emperor’s throne?
A great general, George Maniakes, is defeated by palace politics and an unlucky spear thrust.
Eudokia Makrembolitissa had many connections to the dynatoi of Constantinople.
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