I love audio books! From science to fiction, business to history. Stories, novels, fairytales, descriptions, guides, explanations, etc.
A very detailed and entertaining account on the Byzantine empire from the time of the fall of the wester Roman empire in 476AD to the final fall of Byzantium and Constantinople in 1453. The author describes the struggle of the Byzantine empire in a very interesting, capturing way. The role that Byzantium and its neighbors, allies and enemies played for the kingdoms of western Europe are very well explained. The narrator is doing a great job in really bringing the history alive!
Enlightening and captivating, this audiobook was everything I could have hoped for and more. The Byzantine Empire is an absolutely fascinating study. 1000 years of European history most people know nothing about. It answers the age old question: What happened between the fall of Rome and the Enlightenment? In a word: Byzantium. I wish this audio book never ended. I could listen to it again and again (and probably will). Loved it!
I would only recommend this book because there were no alternatives with a broad overview of Byzantium. This book takes a bit of simple approach to some complex issues that are better dealt with by other books that only consider them tangentially. I also found that occasionally I'd be hearing about a person for up to five minutes before the person's name was used - very annoying when you can't flip ahead a few pages.
I just love this book
It talk about begging to end Byzantine empire
If you only want to get one book on the Byzantine and know 95% then I would get this book
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great introduction to a period in history that I had never learned anything about in school. Lars Brownworth does a great job reading with all of the enthusiasm you would expect from an author reading his own work.
I have already listened to this book three times and continue to go back to it. It is an outstanding sweep of history through a civilisation that was so key to the modern world, yet is not well known or understood.
The city itself. The walls the Hagia Sofia, halls chambers, hippodrome and so on. The sprawling city of Byzantium itself is an amazing backdrop to this awesome tale. The hippodrome, churches, Hagia Sofia, the walls; all played key roles in the culture, history and longevity of the empire.
This text is more than a broad sweep of key moments in a 1100 year empire; it contains lessons from throughout history that we have so quickly forgotten.
Short term political decisions, appeasement of aggressors, the origins of the renaissance; all of which appeared previously to be lost to history.
It is astounding to me that the Roman empire, or at least an empire that considered itself to be Rome, existed until 1453. 39 years before Columbus landed in the Americas.
A fascinating tale of an unknown historical landscape filled with tribes and events that have also been lost to the telling of the history of western civilisation.