The Reluctant Emperor: A Biography of John Cantacuzene, Byzantine Emperor and Monk, c. 1295-1383

The Reluctant Emperor A Biography of John Cantacuzene Byzantine Emperor and Monk c This is a biography of one of the most unusual Byzantine emperors in Constantinople who reigned from to and subsequently spent thirty years as a monk John Cantacuzene was unique in that he

  • Title: The Reluctant Emperor: A Biography of John Cantacuzene, Byzantine Emperor and Monk, c. 1295-1383
  • Author: Donald M. Nicol
  • ISBN: 9780521522014
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a biography of one of the most unusual Byzantine emperors in Constantinople who reigned from 1347 to 1354, and subsequently spent thirty years as a monk John Cantacuzene was unique in that he wrote his own memoirs and in his varied talents and interests in a long life, as a soldier, scholar, and theologian His dealings with the earliest leaders of the Ottoman TurThis is a biography of one of the most unusual Byzantine emperors in Constantinople who reigned from 1347 to 1354, and subsequently spent thirty years as a monk John Cantacuzene was unique in that he wrote his own memoirs and in his varied talents and interests in a long life, as a soldier, scholar, and theologian His dealings with the earliest leaders of the Ottoman Turks, with the merchants of Venice and Genoa, with the papacy, and with Stephen Dusan of Serbia also give his career a special interest This is the first biography of John Cantacuzene in English.

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    1. A fun and quick read, but at times a bit out of date. Nicol has a lively narrative despite it being one of those "one damn thing after another" sort of story. He manages to be both sympathetic and critical towards Kantakouzenos. Since so much of the material is derived from Kantakouzenos's own history, one imagines that a much more critical study could be written, but this is reasonably done in that Nicol neither trusts what Kantakouzenos is saying but tries to understand why he's saying what he [...]

    2. An interesting and provocative challenge to the standard narrative of John VI. I recommend reading the either book, if you be discouraged in the early chapters, it is worth finishing. Nicol demonstrate is capacity for all aspects of history and his social analysis has significant implications for wider studies of the Palaiologian era.

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