© 1997 John Julius Norwich
This was in short quite a treat, exposing me to a world of information previously hidden away, but of utter interest. From the word go, Byzantine history was wrapped up in the west; how its memory became lost is a puzzle, considering how important western powers viewed it almost until the last, straining to wed into its line to unite the German 'Roman' empire and the empire of Old. Entertaining in many respects, it also delivers a history of Europe from another aspect, and is quite commendable.
- Twelve Byzantine Rulers, Lars Brownsworth. Based heavily on the book, as it turns out.