Chronicles of the Byzantine Empire,

The Phoenix

Reborn

History of The Nations

Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
Normans of Italy
Normans
Fatimids
fatimid
Hungary flag
Kingdom of Hungary
Seiljuk Standard
Seiljuk

Characters

Anil Sangama

Theodora Komnena

Alexius Komnenus

Meet the Armies

Seiljuk Turks

Seiljuk Turks

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Normans

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Hungarians

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Byzantines

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Meet Byzantine Society

Meet Byzantine Society

The society in the Byzantine Empire (4th-15th century CE) was dominated by the imperial family and the male aristocracy but there were opportunities for social advancement thanks to wars, population movements, imperial gifts of lands and titles, and intermarriage. The majority of the lower classes would have followed the profession of their parents, but inheritance, the accumulation of wealth, and a lack of any formal prohibition for one class to move to another did at least offer a small possibility for a person to better their social position. In Constantinople and other cities, foreign merchants, mercenaries, refugees, travellers, and pilgrims were constantly passing through or establishing themselves permanently within the empire so that Byzantium became famously cosmopolitan; a fact noted by contemporary visitors who recorded their astonishment at the diversity of the society they visited.

About Me

I am an International Economist who enjoys reading in his spare time historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction novels. I studied economic history at the London School of Economics and the University of Edinburgh. I was fascinated by the history of the Byzantine Empire written by Treadgold and Ostrogorsky and I wished for this empire that once spanned two continents and was known for its diversity and wealth to once more be exposed to modern literary circles. To be added to my mailing list please send a message to ujjwalluppuluri@hotmail.com

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