Basil II and the Governance of Empire

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Author  Catherine Holmes
Publisher  Oxford University Press
Publication Date   February 2, 2006
ISBN  0199279683
Pages  640

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This is the first book-length study in English of the Byzantine emperor Basil II, the "Bulgar-slayer." Basil presided over a Byzantium which was the superpower of the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East in the century before the Crusades. Catherine Holmes peels away the layers of later interpretations to reveal an empire that was governed by a potent mixture of subtle persuasion and brute force.

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