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Nobody’s Byzness but the Turks’ : Norwich Proves Human History Looks Ghastlier When Condensed

Oh, the humanity! Oh, the inhumanity! Oh, the beheadings, pillagings, assassinations, blindings, intrigues, tonsurings, tongue-splittings, nose-slicings, banishments, castrations, buggerings, fornications, tonsurings, infanticides, icon-smashings, and war, war, war, war, WAR. And you get all of that even before the First Crusade is launched. I didn’t have the time or the stomach for all three volumes of John Julius Norwich’s acclaimed history of Byzantium. I like … Read More Nobody’s Byzness but the Turks’ : Norwich Proves Human History Looks Ghastlier When Condensed