The years before and after the battle of Mantzikert (1071) mark a turning point in the history of the Byzantine Empire. The invasions of the Seljuk Turks in the east and the encroachment of the Normans from the west altered the balance of power in the eastern Mediterranean and forced the Byzantines to confront new threats to their survival. These threats came at a time when internal rivalries made an effective military response all but impossible and led to a significant transformation of the Byzantine polity under the Komnenoi.
Continuation of the
Chronicle of John Skylitzes, now translated for the first time, provides a contemporary view of these troubled times. An extension of the principal source for the middle Byzantine period, and a subtle reworking of the
History of Michael Attaleiates, the
Continuation offers a high court official’s narrative of the events and personages that shaped the course of Byzantine history on the eve of the Crusades.
Eric McGeer, Ph.D. (1990), Université de Montréal, teaches in Toronto and serves as advisor in Byzantine Sigillography at Dumbarton Oaks. He has published two books and several articles on Byzantine history.
John W. Nesbitt, Ph.D. (1972) in Byzantine History, has retired as Research Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks. In addition to six volumes of seals catalogues which he co-edited with Nicolas Oikonomides, he is the co-author of
The Miracles of St. Artemios (Brill, 1997) and editor of
Byzantine Authors: Literary Activities and Preoccupations (Brill, 2003).
Acknowledgments List of Illustrations Abbreviations
The Continuation of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes IThe Reign of Isaac Komnenos IIThe Reign of Constantine X Doukas IIIThe Regency of the Empress Eudokia IVThe Reign of Romanos IV Diogenes VThe Mantzikert Campaign and Its Aftermath VIThe Reign of Michael VII Doukas VIIThe Accession of Nikephoros III Botaneiates
Concordance between Skylitzes Continuatus, Attaleiates, and John Zonaras Glossary of Terms Bibliography Index of Names Index
Students and specialists interested in the political and military history of the Byzantine Empire in the years before the First Crusade.