By Thomas F. Madden, Recorded Books
A sequence of lectures at the heritage of the striking tradition and kingdom that constructed out of the traditional Roman Empire, fairly its jap element, through the heart a long time. starts off within the 3rd century and maintains over the following thousand years.
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Andronicus III Palaeologus (1328–1341) Andronicus III Palaeologus inherited an empire with severe problems. Despite the efforts of Andronicus and his general John Cantacuzenus, the Ottoman Turks continued to push westward. In 1331, Nicaea fell and, in 1337, Nicomedia was lost. Cantacuzenus came to terms with Ottomans and the other Turkish emirs, accepting the permanent loss of the territories. He became friends with the Emir of Aydin, Umar, whom he looked to for support. The Serbs, Bulgarians, and Latin barons in the Balkans remained powerful, as did the Genoese among the Greek islands.
Murad blinded his son, who died of the wounds, and demanded that John do the same to Andronicus and his son. John blinded his son in one eye only and only injured one eye of his grandson. The kindness was a mistake, for in 1376 the Genoese of Galata, angry that John was selling Tenedos to the Venetians, got Andronicus released from prison. With help from Murad and the Genoese, Andronicus took the capital. He ordered the imprisonment of his father and younger brother, Manuel. Andronicus IV Palaeologus Andronicus IV Palaeologus immediately paid his debts, giving Tenedos to Genoa and Gallipoli back to the Turks.
Under Robert Guiscard, in 1071 they captured Bari, the last Byzantine possession in Italy. The Seljuk Turks were a new and fierce Muslim people who swept into the east with a spirit of jihad. In 1055, they conquered Persia and then entered Baghdad. Their leader became a sultan, claiming protection over the Abbasid caliph. From the Byzantines they captured Armenia in 1065 and then moved deep into Asia Minor. LECTURE SEVEN Romanus IV Diogenes (1068 –71), a candidate of the military, took power and began mustering a very large army, mostly mercenaries, to push back the Turkish advance.
Empire of gold : a history of the Byzantine empire by Thomas F. Madden, Recorded Books