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THE CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF THE B Y Z A N T I N E E M P I R E c. 5 0 0 – 1 4 9 2 Byzantium lasted a thousand years, ruled to the end by self-styled ‘emperors of the Romans’. It underwent kaleidoscopic territorial and structural changes, yet recovered repeatedly from disaster: even after the near-impregnable Constantinople fell in 1204, variant forms of the empire reconstituted themselves. The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire tells the story, tracing political and military events, religious controversies and economic change. It offers clear, authoritative chapters on the main events and periods, with more detailed chapters on outlying regions and neighbouring societies and powers of Byzantium. With aids such as maps, a glossary, an alternative place-name table and references to English translations of sources, it will be valuable as an introduction. However, it also offers stimulating new approaches and important findings, making it essential reading for postgraduates and for specialists. jo nat h an sh e pa rd was for many years a Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge, and was a Fellow of Selwyn College and of Peterhouse. He is the coeditor (with Simon Franklin) of Byzantine Diplomacy (1992), co-author (also with Simon Franklin) of The Emergence of Rus, 750–1200 (1996), author of Nespokoini s’sedi: b’lgaro-vizantiiska konfrontatsiia, obmen i s’zhitelstvo prez srednite vekove [Uneasy Neighbours: Bulgaro-Byzantine Confrontation, Exchange and Co-existence in the Middle Ages] (2007) and editor of The Expansion of Orthodox Europe: Byzantium, the Balkans and Russia (2007). Shepard is Doctor Honoris Causa of St Kliment Ohrid University in Sofia. THE CAMBRIDGE H I S TO RY O F T H E B Y Z A NT I N E E M P I R E c. 5 0 0 – 1 4 9 2 Edited by JO NAT H A N S H E PA R D c a m b r i d g e u n i ve r s i t y p re s s Cambridge, New York, Melbourne,

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