A Companion to Byzantium and the West, 900-1204


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The eighteen chapters of this book explore the complex history of exchange between Byzantium and the Latin West over a period of more than three hundred years, with a focus on the political, ecclesiastical and cultural spheres.

Besides outlining the history of competition and collaboration between two empires in medieval Europe, a range of regional approaches, stretching from England to the Crusader kingdoms, offer insights into the many aspects of Byzantine-Latin contact and exchange. Further sections explore patterns of mutual perception, linguistic and material dimensions of the contacts, as well as the role played by various groups of “cultural brokers” such as ambassadors, merchants, monks and Jewish communities.

Contributors are: Axel Bayer, Saskia Dönitz, Nicolas Drocourt, Leonie Exarchos, Daniel Föller, Christian Gastgeber, Hans-Werner Goetz, Dominik Heher, Klaus Herbers, Christopher Hobbs, David Jacoby, Sebastian Kolditz, Savvas Neocleous, Johannes Pahlitzsch, Annick Peters-Custot, Miriam Salzmann, Jonathan Shepard, Juan Signes Codoñer, and Eleni Tounta.

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Nicolas Drocourt, Ph.D. (2006), University of Toulouse-Le Mirail, is Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Nantes. He has published Diplomatie sur le Bosphore. Les ambassadeurs étrangers dans l’Empire byzantin des années 640 à 1204 (Leuven, 2015), and numerous articles and volumes on Middle Byzantine diplomacy, notably La Diplomatie byzantine, de l’Empire romain aux confins de l’Europe (Ve-XVe s.) (Leiden, 2020).

Sebastian Kolditz, Ph.D. (2009), Leipzig, is a researcher at the Department of History at Heidelberg University. He has published a monograph on the Council of Ferrara-Florence (Stuttgart, 2014), and various articles, inter alia on Byzantine-Western relations in the High and Late Middle Ages, on interreligious Mediterranean diplomacy, and on maritime history.
Researchers, graduate and post-graduate students of medieval history, Byzantine studies, history of international relations and Mediterranean studies; university libraries and libraries specialized in Byzantine studies
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