The Empire Of Manuel I Komnenos, 1143-1180 by Paul MagdalinoThe Empire Of Manuel I Komnenos, 1143-1180 by Paul Magdalino

The Empire Of Manuel I Komnenos, 1143-1180

byPaul Magdalino

Paperback | July 18, 2002

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The reign of Manuel I (1143-1180) marked the high point of the revival of the Byzantine empire under the Comnenian dynasty. It was however followed by a rapid decline, leading to the sack of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade in 1204. This book, the first devoted to Manuel's reign for over 80 years, reevaluates the emperor and his milieu in the light of recent scholarship. It shows that his foreign policy was a natural response to the Western crusading movement and the expansionism of the German emperor Frederick Barbarossa. It also shows that what he ruled was more than the impoverished rump of a once great empire, or a society whose development had been arrested by a repressive regime. The twelfth century is presented here as a distinctive, creative phase in Byzantine history, when the empire maintained existing traditions and trends while adapting to a changing world.
Title:The Empire Of Manuel I Komnenos, 1143-1180Format:PaperbackDimensions:584 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.3 inPublished:July 18, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521526531

ISBN - 13:9780521526531

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Problems and sources; 1. The Comnenian empire between east and west; 2. Constantinople and the provinces; 3. The Comnenian system; 4. Government; 5. The guardians of Orthodoxy; 6. The emperor and his image; Epilogue.

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"This study magisterially overrules Choniates' negative verdict on Manuel's achievement, and it will enlighten all students of empire." Jonathan Shepard, International History Review