Byzantine Emporia Books
Saladin is most famous for his spectacular victory at Hattin. But that victory was only possible because of the military system he spent many years before that developing.
Was the fall of Byzantium inevitable? Or can it be blamed on certain historical figures? The impossible dilemmas faced by Emperor John VI Cantacuzenus in the mid-14th century.
Critical edition of F.L. Taylor’s classic study of the Italian Wars and the new style of warfare which emerged from them.
On the mobbing of University of Chicago professor Rachel Fulton Brown and the rot at the heart of academia.
The gripping story of the Portuguese voyages of exploration and the conquest of the East.
An absorbing adventure novel opening in Constantinople just before its fall.
A whimsical medieval murder mystery set in Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade.
A history of the Battle of Tours and its consequences for Dark Ages Europe.a
Further reading for Byzantine Emporia articles (affiliate links).
The history of trade, looking at the networks and modes of transport that made it possible. Has a particularly good discussion of the Indian Ocean trade system.
A single-volume abridgment of John Julius Norwich’s classic survey of the Byzantine Empire.
A sweeping look at the role of the Mediterranean in history.
A survey of the various empires that formed on the Great Eurasian Steppe.
A flawed but entertaining history of the Mongol Empire and the influence it had on world history.
How Byzantium outlasted the Western Roman Empire by a thousand years. Describes the dynamic of displacement and movement of peoples across the steppe.
A discussion of the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean, going back in time up into the future.
A folk history of the Gullah people living in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry.
A hypothesis about how West African slaves in the Carolina Lowcountry may have introduced rice cultivation to America.
A history of the Swahili Coast from accounts by Greek and Roman geographers through the Swahili Golden Age, Portuguese conquest, and Kingdom of Zanzibar.
A history of this amazing building and the influence it has had.
The story of how Timbuktu’s ancient manuscripts were narrowly saved from invading Al-Qaeda forces.
Baghdad at the peak of its intellectual brilliance, when the caliphs collected and preserved texts from the ancient world.
Popular history of the famed monastic warriors.
Procopius’ salacious history of anecdotes, gossip, and his own unvarnished opinion of the prominent figures during Justinian’s reign.
The classic compendium of fairy tales of Persian, Indian, Chinese, and Arabian origin. Translated from the earliest complete, extant text, the 14th-c. Mahdi edition.
A collection of the most popular stories from the Nights, including later additions such as Sinbad and Aladdin.
Bernard Lewis’ history of the Assassins.
Novel about the founder of the Assassins Order, Hassan-i-Sabah.
A history of the cultivation and culture of tea throughout the world. Includes a guide on brewing tea and the rituals around drinking it.
Illustrated guide to Mayan architecture.
Overview of Mayan art, architecture, and history.