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Byzantium and Venice, 1204–1453

Collected Studies, 1st Edition

By Julian Chrysostomides

Edited by Michael Heslop, Charalambos Dendrinos


314 pages

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Byzantium and Venice: 1204-1453, a selection of articles by the late Julian Chrysostomides, focuses on Byzantium after the Fourth Crusade and its relationship with Venice, particularly in the late Palaeologan period. Seven of the articles deal with aspects of Veneto-Byzantine interactions in the Peloponnese, while the remainder concentrate on the political and commercial ties between Byzantines and Venetians. The essays draw upon Julian Chrysostomides' unrivalled knowledge of the relevant Venetian documents.


'… this is a carefully presented volume, containing valuable research on a turbulent period of eastern Mediterranean history, and a fitting tribute to a dedicated teacher and scholar.' Anglo-Hellenic Review 'In the absence of comprehensive new studies on the Latin Levant in the later fourteenth century, Chrysostomides’ articles, with their extensive documentation, will continue to be points of reference for specialists in the field. Special mention should be made of number III… The study remains a classic…' English Historical Review '[Chrysostomides's] work has stood the test of time well, and its expertise will continue to be relied upon for the foreseeable future. The in-depth archival knowledge that was characteristic of it quite simply remains unsurpassed today … [Heslop and Dendrinos] have done us a great service in uniting these studies in a single volume … The book they have produced is handsome.' Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; John V Palaeologus in Venice (1370-1371) and the Chronicle of Caroldo: a re-interpretation; Studies on the Chronicle of Caroldo, with special reference to the history of Byzantium from 1370 to 1377; Venetian commercial privileges under the Palaeologi; Corinth 1394-1397: some new facts; An unpublished letter of Nerio Acciaiuoli (30 October 1384); Italian women in Greece during the late 14th and early 15th centuries; Was Neri Acciaiuoli ever lord of Vostitsa and Nivelet?; Merchant versus nobles: a sensational court case in the Peloponnese (1391-1404); Glimpses of wealth and poverty in Greece during the 14th and 15th centuries as seen in Venetian documents; Symbiosis in the Peloponnese in the aftermath of the 4th Crusade; Tenedos 1376 revisited; Index of persons and places.

About the Author/Editors

Julian Chrysostomides (1928-2008) was Emeritus Reader in Byzantine History and Director of the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. The volume is edited by Michael Heslop, an Honorary Research Associate in Byzantine Studies at RHUL Hellenic Institute, and Charalambos Dendrinos, Lecturer in Byzantine Literature and Greek Palaeography, and Director of RHUL Hellenic Institute, UK.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval