We cover Nicephorus’ foreign policy issues during his final two years in office. Armenian, Bulgarian and Italian concerns then go on hold for one last march through Syria.
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I must say it is remarkable in many ways that Byzantium during the 10th century had not one but three men who were content to have co-emperors from another dynasty with a better claim to the throne than them. Admittedly in the case we are currently covering, it is perhaps not entirely a bad thing that Nicephorus and John died when they did, it is rather hard to see Basil II being as compliant as Constantine VII.
Also a quick question for the end of century tour – I am proudly a little too proud of the fact that I guessed that you would be going up to 1025 BTW, – what is your favorite depiction of Byzantium in historical fiction and do you think the image of the empire has improved in recent years?