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Basil II and the Governance of Empire (976-1025) (Oxford Studies in Byzantium)

Catherine Holmes


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This is the first book-length study in English of the Byzantine emperor Basil II, the "Bulgar-slayer." Basil presided over a Byzantium which was the superpower of the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East in the century before the Crusades. Catherine Holmes peels away the layers of later interpretations to reveal an empire that was governed by a potent mixture of subtle persuasion and brute force.

OUP Oxford, 9780199279685, 625pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2006