Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society, 950-1100 (Hardcover)

By Leonora Neville

Cambridge University Press, 9780521838658, 210pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2012

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Description

Acting essentially to maintain power and collect taxes, the emperors of the Byzantine Empire (ca. 950-1100) did not attempt to govern provincial society. As a result, provincial households took advantage of this situation by competing for local control over each other whenever they could. This book describes the power-holders in the central provinces in a detailed comparison of the provincial strength of the imperial government and the mechanics of local authority.