Another book for my wish-list from the Oxford University Press Canada’s website:
Edited by Jonathan Harris, Catherine Holmes and Eugenia Russell
Series : Oxford Studies in Byzantium
“The late medieval eastern Mediterranean, before its incorporation into the Ottoman Empire in the sixteenth century, presents a complex and fragmented picture. The Ayyubid and Mamluk sultanates held sway over Egypt and Syria, Asia Minor was divided between a number of Turkish emirates, the Aegean between a host of small Latin states, and the Byzantine Empire was only a fragment of its former size.
“This collection of thirteen original articles, by both established and younger scholars, seeks to find common themes that unite this disparate world. Focusing on religious identity, cultural exchange, commercial networks, and the construction of political legitimacy among Christians and Muslims in the late Medieval eastern Mediterranean, they discuss and analyse the interaction between these religious cultures and trace processes of change and development within the individual societies. A detailed introduction provides a broad geopolitical context to the contributions and discusses at length the broad themes which unite the articles and which transcend traditional interpretations of the eastern Mediterranean in the later medieval period.
Table of Contents:
List of contributors
Note about transliteration
List of illustrations and maps
Catherine Holmes: Introduction
1. Catherine Holmes: ‘Shared Worlds’: Religious Identities – A Question of Evidence
2. Jonathan Shepard: Imperial Constantinople: Relics, Palaiologan Emperors and the Resilience of the Exemplary Centre
3. David Jacoby: The Eastern Mediterranean in the Later Middle Ages – An Island World?
4. Jonathan Harris: Constantinople as City State, c. 1360-1453
5. Eurydice Georganteli: Transposed Images: Currencies and Legitimacy in the Late Medieval Eastern Mediterranean
6. Teresa SHawcross: Conquest Legitimised: The Making of a Byzantine Emperor in Crusader Constantinople (1204-1261)
7. Dimitris Kastritsis: Conquest and Political Legitimation in the Early Ottoman Empire
8. Christopher Wright: Byzantine Authority and Latin Rule in the Gattilusio Lordships
9. Christopher Tyerman: ‘New Wine in Old Skins’: Crusading Literature and Crusading in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Later Middle Ages
10. David Abulafia: Aragon versus Turkey – Tirant lo Blanc and the Conquerer: Iberia, the Crusade and Late Medieval Chivalry
11. Robert Irwin: Palestine in Late Medieval Islamic Spirituality and Culture
12. Kate Fleet: Turks, Mamluks and Latin Merchants: Commerce, Conflictand Co-operation in the Eastern Mediterranean
13. Judith Ryder: Byzantium and the West in the 1360s: the Kydones Version