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Late Byzantine and Early Ottoman Studies

1st Edition

By Stephen W. Reinert


304 pages

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pub: 2014-08-13
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This volume brings together ten studies on the political, religious and socioeconomic interaction between the rising Ottoman empire and declining Byzantine state in the last decades of the fourteenth century. They focus on key but under-explored episodes of that encounter, particularly in connection with Murad I, Bayezid I, and Manuel II Palaiologos. Included is an assessment of the contemporary significance of Manuel II’s Dialogue With A Persian, recently brought to global prominence and controversy by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2006 lecture in Regensburg, and a previously unpublished analysis of Manuel's Epistolary Discourse to Kabasilas.


"Reinert offers the reader a rewarding insight into one of the most interesting but, at the same time, most problematic periods of the European Middle Ages"

- Vlada Stankovic, University of Belgrade

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Colin Imber; Fragmentation (1204-1453); From NiÅ¡ to Kosovo Polje. Reflections on Murād I’s final years; A Byzantine source on the battles of Bilea (?) and Kosovo Polje: Kydones’ Letters 396 and 398 reconsidered; A Greek view on the Battle of Kosovo: Laonikos Chalkokondyles; Coping with political catastrophe in 1387: representations of nature in Manuel II Palaiologos’ Epistolary Discourse to Kabasilas; The Palaiologoi, Yıldırım BāyezÄ«d and Constantinople: June 1389-March 1391; Political dimensions of Manuel II Palaiologos’ 1392 marriage and coronation: some new evidence; What the Genoese cast upon Helena Dragash’s head: coins not confecti; Manuel II Palaeologos and his Müderris; The Muslim presence in Constantinople, 9th-15th centuries: some preliminary observations; Index.

About the Author

Stephen W. Reinert is Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. He also directs the Rutgers Modern Greek Studies Program, and served as the Dean of Rutgers Study Abroad 2006-2012.

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. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Middle East / General