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John Julius Norwich (1929–2018)

Autor(a) de A Short History of Byzantium

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About the Author

John Julius Norwich was born in the United Kingdom on September 15, 1929. He served in the Royal Navy before receiving a degree in French and Russian at New College, Oxford. After graduation, he joined the H. M. Foreign Service and served in Belgrade, Beirut, and as a member of British delegation mostrar mais to the Disarmament Conference in Geneva. In 1954, he inherited the title of Viscount Norwich. In 1964, he resigned from the Foreign Service to become a writer. He was a historian, travel writer, and television personality. His books included The Normans in the South, A History of Venice, The Italian World, Venice: A Traveller's Companion, 50 Years of Glyndebourne: An Illustrated History, A Short History of Byzantium, Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy, Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History, and A History of France. He and H. C. Robbins Landon wrote Five Centuries of Music in Venice. Norwich was the host of the BBC radio panel game My Word! from 1978 to 1982. He wrote and presented more than 30 television documentaries including Maestro, The Fall of Constantinople, Napoleon's Hundred Days, Cortés and Montezuma, Maximilian of Mexico, The Knights of Malta, The Treasure Houses of Britain, and The Death of the Prince Imperial in the Zulu War. In 1993, he was appointed CVO for having curated an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum to mark the 40th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne. In 2015, he was awarded the Biographers' Club award for his lifetime service to biography. He died on June 1, 2018 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por John Julius Norwich

A Short History of Byzantium (1997) 1,323 exemplares
A History of Venice (1977) 1,099 exemplares
Byzantium: The Early Centuries (1988) 953 exemplares
Byzantium: The Decline and Fall (1995) 793 exemplares
Byzantium: The Apogee (1992) 750 exemplares
Great Architecture of the World (1975) 310 exemplares
The Great Cities in History (2009) 201 exemplares
Twelve Days of Christmas (1998) 184 exemplares
A History of France (2018) 168 exemplares
The World Atlas of Architecture (1984) — Prefácio — 151 exemplares
The Kingdom in the Sun, 1130-94 (1970) 136 exemplares
A Taste for Travel (1985) — Editor — 87 exemplares
Love in the Ancient World (1997) 81 exemplares
A Traveller's Companion to Venice (1990) 61 exemplares
Trying to Please: A Memoir (1600) 59 exemplares
The Illustrated Christmas Cracker (2002) 52 exemplares
Britain's Heritage (1978) 48 exemplares
An English Christmas (2017) 34 exemplares
The Ultimate Christmas Cracker (2019) 24 exemplares
Venice: The Rise to Empire (1977) 19 exemplares
Chronicle: Essays from Ten Years of Television Archaeology (1978) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
England and Wales (2000) 12 exemplares
Mount Athos (1966) 11 exemplares
Sovereign (1992) 8 exemplares
Sahara (1968) 6 exemplares
History Quiz (1983) 5 exemplares
Fifty Years of Glyndebourne (1985) 3 exemplares
Vizantija 1 exemplar

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The Story of My Life (1789) — Introdução, algumas edições1,039 exemplares
Count Belisarius (1938) — Introdução, algumas edições1,018 exemplares
The Week-End Book (1924) — Introdução, algumas edições213 exemplares
The Duff Cooper diaries, 1915-1951 (2005) — Editor — 167 exemplares
I Wish I'd Been There, Book Two: European History (2008) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
The Burrell Collection (1983) — Introdução — 140 exemplares
A Country Parson: James Woodforde's Diary 1759-1802 (1985) — Prefácio — 61 exemplares
Oxtravels: Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers (2011) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Coffee with Michelangelo (Coffee with...Series) (2007) — Prefácio — 52 exemplares
The Embassy to Constantinople and Other Works (Everyman Paperback (0971) — Editor, algumas edições34 exemplares
Great Commanders of the Medieval World, 454–1582 (2011) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Founders and Followers (1992) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
The Girl with the Widow's Peak: The Memoirs (2014) — Prefácio — 9 exemplares
James Plumptre's Britain: The journals of a tourist in the 1790s (1992) — Preface, algumas edições4 exemplares
Rawdon Brown and the Anglo-Venetian Relationship (2005) — Prefácio — 2 exemplares


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John Julius Norwich? em History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture (Junho 2015)


I remember loving John Julius Norwich's books about Byzantium as a teenager: big, sweeping epic histories with lots of drama and adventure and some slyly funny asides. Reading The Middle Sea told me that I can never go back and re-read them because I would find them far more tarnished works than they are in my memory. Now, with many more years and training behind me, I can see how shallow are the foundations on which Norwich builds his narrative: the assumptions and generalisations (often gendered, almost always racialised), the thin bibliography, the Eurocentrism, and on and on. Norwich's prose is still pleasurable and there is something of the raconteur here that's appealing. But to the old saw about how you should never meet your heroes should perhaps be added one about never going back to re-read their work, either.… (mais)
siriaeve | 8 outras críticas | Dec 12, 2023 |
I've been wanting to read a history of the papacy for a long time. Although Norwich calls himself an agnostic Protestant, he writes fairly of the popes, giving even some of the more infamous ones their due. Along the way, he enlightened me about the reasons for the Avignon Papacy and the background to the various anti-popes and rival elections of popes. He also does a pretty good brief summary of the nineteenth century unification of Italy and the various roles played by Cavour, Gariboldi and Mazzini. And there's more, such as the reputed origin of the belief that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day.… (mais)
nmele | 26 outras críticas | Nov 30, 2023 |
A neat book, just what it says on the cover, a compelling, narrative story of France's history. I think this author does better work when tackling more specific topics, I really liked his history of the papacy in "Absolute Monarchs".
Autolycus21 | 4 outras críticas | Oct 10, 2023 |



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