Jennifer Wood Wood từ 37067 Turchetti VR, Ý
This is my favorite book of all time, it has had an incredible influence on me. Byron's style is amazing, not too many authors have the audacity to write a sentence without a verb, especially an historian. That in a nutshell is the charm of this book, it was a history book written in the 1920's which was the last time that people could write popular history that had some literary pretensions and some scholarly value. Sad, because popular history now has neither, professional historians don't take it seriously and neither do literary critics. Anyway, this book is a throw back to the era when history was art, and its quite impressive for a modern reader to take in when they have never experienced anything like it. Obviously, being over 80 years old the book has little scholarly historical value, but it does have tremendous value as historiography. It's interesting to see a book that has influenced most modern byzantinists, and it's easy to see the influence it has had in major Byzantine historians like Vyronis and Treadgold. This book is essentially the foundation of the maximalist school of middle Byzantine history, which is actually a lot more interesting than it sounds.