Lost to the West : The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
by Lars Brownworth
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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Filled with unforgettable stories of emperors, generals, religious and patriarchs, as well as fascinating insights into the lives of ordinary citizens, Lost to the West reveals how much we owe to the Byzantine Empire which was equal to everything in its achievements, its appetites, and enduring heritageFor over a millennium, Byzantium reigned as the reflection of the sun on the seat of Christian civilizationWhen Europe fell into the Dark Ages, Byzantium stood against the Muslim expansion, keeping Christianity aliveThe flows of wealth flowed into Constantinople, making possible unprecedented wonders of art and architectureAnd the emperors who ruled Byzantium adopted a saga of political intrigue and conquest as amazing as anything in historyLost in the West abounds in stories of assassination, mass murder, mutilation and execution, deceitful sexual, ruthless seizing for power, and armies soaking the battlefields with the blood of the killed numbering warriors in the tens of thousands of peopleStarting from the Hardcover edition
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