The Reluctant Emperor: A Biography of John Cantacuzene, Byzantine Emperor and Monk, c.1295-1383 by Donald M. NicolThe Reluctant Emperor: A Biography of John Cantacuzene, Byzantine Emperor and Monk, c.1295-1383 by Donald M. Nicol

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

byDonald M. Nicol

Paperback | August 22, 2002

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This is a biography of one of the most unusual Byzantine emperors in Constantinople who reigned from 1347 to 1354, and subsequently spent thirty years as a monk. John Cantacuzene was unique in that he wrote his own memoirs and in his varied talents and interests in a long life, as a soldier, scholar, and theologian. His dealings with the earliest leaders of the Ottoman Turks, with the merchants of Venice and Genoa, with the papacy, and with Stephen Dusan of Serbia also give his career a special interest. This is the first biography of John Cantacuzene in English.
Title:The Reluctant Emperor: A Biography of John Cantacuzene, Byzantine Emperor and Monk, c.1295-1383Format:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:August 22, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521522013

ISBN - 13:9780521522014

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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.

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"Nicol tells the story well, and it is a story worth telling..." Mark C. Bartusis, The Catholic Historical Review