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.