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

By (author) Nicol, Donald M.

John Cantacuzene reigned as Byzantine emperor in Constantinople from 1347 to 1354. A man of varied talents, as a scholar, soldier, statesman, theologian and monk, he was unique in being the only emperor to narrate the events of his own career. His memoirs form one of the most interesting and literate of all Byzantine histories. Following his abdication in 1354, he lived the last thirty years of his life as a monk, a writer and a grey eminence behind the throne. This book is not a social or political history of the Byzantine Empire in the fourteenth century. It is a biography of a much maligned man who had a hope, however naive, of coming to terms with the emerging Muslim world of Asia and of winning the co-operation of western Christendom without compromising the Orthodox faith of the Byzantine tradition.

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[目次]

  • 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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書名 The Reluctant Emperor : A Biography of John Cantacuzene, Byzantine Emperor and Monk, c. 1295-1383
著作者等 Nicol, Donald M.
書名別名 A Biography of John Cantacuzene, Byzantine Emperor and Monk, c. 1295-1383
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2002.08.22
ページ数 228p
大きさ H229 x W152
ISBN 9780521522014
言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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