Book Review: “Decline and Fall of Byzantium to the Ottoman Turks”

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Book Review: "Decline and Fall of Byzantium to the Ottoman Turks"
John
Doukas
was a Byzantine. He was a general under Emperor Manuel I
Komnenos
.
Doukas
is important because he was part of the unsuccessful attempt to
reconquer
Southern Italy during the years 1155-1156.
Doukas
was second in command during this invasion and answered to Michael
Palaiologos
.
Palaiologos
had the ability to advance the Byzantine
casue
. He allied the
Syzantine
troops with Pope Adrian IV and Count Robert of
Loritello
and William the Bad in Apulia. He was a great general and communicator (
Ducas
and
Magoulias
).
Doukas
did not have the same leadership qualities as
Palaiologos
so after his death the
Cyzantine
campaign fell to pieces and
Doukas
was captured and...
The end:
.....ise of the Ottomans and the Ottoman Empire (
Ducas
and
Magoulias
).
Chronologically and geographically
Doukas
is successful in historical tale telling. He gives sketches of diversity in daily life and motives and influences. His experiences and his retelling of other’s experiences conveys insightfully what did and did not happen in Byzantium. The topics of society, economy, politics, religion, militia, the monastery and artistic culture provide a real account of what Byzantium has meant to the world at large.
Work Cited
Ducas
, and
Magoulias
, Harry J.  Decline and fall of Byzantium to the Ottoman Turks / by
Doukas
; an annotated translation of “
Historia
Turco-Byzantina
” by Harry J.
Magoulias
Wayne State University Press, Detroit :  1975.