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Sir Steven Runciman's 3 quantity A heritage of the Crusades, one of many nice classics of English old writing, is being reissued. This quantity offers thoroughly with the 1st campaign and the root of the dominion of Jerusalem. As Runciman says in his preface: 'Whether we regard the Crusades because the so much large and so much romantic of Christian adventures, or because the final of the barbarian invasions, they shape a valuable truth in medieval historical past. earlier than their inception the centre of our civilization used to be positioned in Byzantium and within the lands of the Arab caliphate. earlier than they light out the hegemony in civilization had handed to western Europe. Out of this transference smooth heritage was once born.'

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John, who was already known as a brilliant general, succeeded without difficulty to the throne, and made his peace with the Church by throwing over his imperial paramour. But a war with Bulgaria kept him busy in Europe for the next four years. Meanwhile there was a revival in Islam, led by the Fatimid dynasty, which established itself in Egypt and southern Syria, and in 971 even attempted the recapture of Antioch. In 974 John could turn his attention to the East. That autumn he descended into eastern Mesopotamia, capturing Nisibin and reducing Mosul to vassalage, and even contemplating a sudden march on Baghdad.

Thanks to its strength, Byzantine dominion over southern Italy and Dalmatia was soon reaffirmed. Early in the tenth century the Abbasid Caliphate began rapidly to decline. Local dynasties arose, of which the chief were the Hamdanids of Mosul and Aleppo and the Ikshids of Egypt. The former were fme fighters and fervent Moslems, and for a time formed a bulwark against Byzantine aggression. But they could not stop the decay of Moslem power. Rather, they added to it by encouraging civil wars. In the course of these civil wars the Ikshids won control ofPalestine and southern Syria.

229-37; Runciman, The Emperor Romanus Lecapenus, pp. 135-50. 1 Schlumberger, Un Empereur Byzantin, Nicephore Phocas, chs. and x. 3 Yachya of Antioch, in P. 0. vol. xvrn, pp. 799-802. The date IS d1scussed in Rosen, Emperor Basil the Bulgar-slayer (in Russian), p. 351. vr:I 30 The Emperor John Tzimisces The treaty made with its ruler carefully delineated the frontier between the new imperial province and the tributary towns. The ruler of Aleppo was to be nominated by the Emperor. The vassal state was to pay heavy taxes, from which the Christians were to be exempt, directly to the imperial treasury.

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