Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Boeck, Elena N., 1974-

Title Imagining the Byzantine past : the perception of history in the illustrated manuscripts of Skylitzes and Manasses / Elena N. Boeck
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 314 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : color illustrations
Contents Mystery, history, and materiality -- Engaging Byzantium, enraging Byzantium : Sicily, Bulgaria and the contestation of Constantinopolitan preeminence -- Narrative emplotments and patterns of prioritization : analyzing visual codes and structural modes -- Amplification as dialogue : the link between design and patronage -- Iconoclasm as narrative experiment : religion, politics, and memory -- A headstrong case for getting ahead : scrutinizing narratives of de-capitation -- Constantinople : story spaces or storied imperial places
Summary Two lavish, illustrated histories confronted and contested the Byzantine model of empire. The Madrid Skylitzes was created at the court of Roger II of Sicily in the mid-twelfth century. The Vatican Manasses was produced for Ivan Alexander of Bulgaria in the mid-fourteenth century. Through close analysis of how each chronicle was methodically manipulated, this study argues that Byzantine history was selectively re-imagined to suit the interests of outsiders. The Madrid Skylitzes foregrounds regicides, rebellions, and palace intrigue in order to subvert the divinely ordained image of order that Byzantine rulers preferred to project. The Vatican Manasses presents Byzantium as a platform for the accession of Ivan Alexander to the throne of the Third Rome, the last and final world-empire. Imagining the Byzantine Past demonstrates how distinct visions of empire generated diverging versions of Byzantium's past in the aftermath of the Crusades
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-308) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Scylitzes, John, active 1081. Synopsis historiarum.
Manasses, Constantine, -1187. Synopsis historikē.
Biblioteca apostolica vaticana. Manuscript. Vat. slav. 2 -- Illustrations
SUBJECT Skyllitzes Matritensis -- Illustrations
Skyllitzes Matritensis fast
Synopsis historiarum (Scylitzes, John) fast
Synopsis historikē (Manasses, Constantine) fast
Subject Historiography -- Byzantine Empire
History in art.
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Byzantine.
histories (visual works)
HISTORY -- Europe -- General.
History in art
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Byzantine
SUBJECT Byzantine Empire -- Historiography
Subject Byzantine Empire
Genre/Form Illustrated works
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781316084472