- Dec 2009
John Julius Norwich's three-volume History of Byzantium, its one-volume epitome, and Brownworth's epitome of the epitome. The books are based on a completely un-critical reading the sources and in many cases do little more than echo Gibbon. Despite being published 1989-1995, Norwich did not take account of any research produced in the field in the last century. The result is a travesty filled with half-truths, outright lies, uncritical acceptance of the sources, but he is certainly a lively writer.