The Road to Manzikert by Brian Todd Carey

Review: The Road to Manzikert by Brian Todd Carey

This book covers a wide swathe of Byzantine military history – from Justinian’s wars, to the earliest battles between the Byzantines and Islamic armies, all the way to Manzikert in 1071. The epilogue briefly summarizes the years following Manzikert to the last Byzantine emperor’s death in 1453. The first half

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Where Byzantium & England intersected in the 11th century.

You never forget your first love. Mine was English history. At the age of 12 and living in Cleveland, Ohio, I knew it well enough to name every English ruler back to Edward the Confessor. As an adult, I eventually moved beyond my childish fondness for England for a grown

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Emperor Justinian I mosiac

Things the Byzantines have taught me.

History has been a lifelong interest of mine, although I arrived late to the Byzantine party. The gradual accretion of knowledge of the Roman empire in the west, and English history – my early favorites – as I grew up gave me bits and pieces of history at a time,

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What’s in a name?

The fans of the eastern Roman empire, known popularly as the Byzantine Empire, will often quibble about its capital’s name – insisting on continuing to call it Constantinople rather than Istanbul. Their loyalty to the old empire is estimable, but perhaps misplaced so far as the city’s name is concerned.

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