John Julius Norwich

  • La Sicile, plus grande île de la Méditerranée, est le relais entre l'Europe et l'Afrique, le lien entre l'Occident latin et l'Orient grec. Sa situation stratégique a tenté les empereurs romains, les princes français et les rois espagnols, la plaçant au centre de l'histoire du monde.
    John Julius Norwich est le premier à nouer ensemble les fils de l'histoire sicilienne dans une seule étude globale. De ses débuts comme cité-État grecque à son émergence comme carrefour multiculturel pendant les croisades, et de la rébellion contre l'unification italienne à l'essor de la mafia, l'histoire de la Sicile est riche de moments et de personnages extraordinaires.
    Un récit vivant et érudit qui nous dévoile le tumultueux destin de cette île fascinante.

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  • Histoire de Byzance

    John Julius Norwich

    • Tempus/perrin
    • 25 Avril 2002

    Le livre de J.J. Norwich retrace l'histoire d'un empire de onze siècles, sans rival en durée ou en influence culturelle. Cette " nouvelle Rome " naît en 330 lorsque l'empereur Constantin choisit d'établir sa capitale dans un port d'Asie mineure appelé Byzance. Elle s'effondre en 1453 sous les coups du sultan Mehmet II. Pendant ce long millénaire s'est développé un empire au corps romain, à l'esprit grec et à l'âme orientale.
    J. J. Norwich le raconte comme une immense fresque où la galerie des quatre-vingt-huit empereurs est brossée avec un luxe de précisions, le souci de choisir le détail piquant de la vie privée, d'isoler la bataille décisive ou l'acte politique majeur. L'histoire de l'empire byzantin devient, à la lecture de ce livre, pittoresque et colorée. l'auteur navigue avec habileté entre mythe et réalité, entre hypothèses et événements documentés.
    Ses points de vue sont pertinents et tranchés. son écriture, fluide et imagée.

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  • Histoire de la Sicile

    John Julius Norwich

    • Tallandier
    • 26 Avril 2018

    La Sicile est au carrefour de l'histoire du monde. Dans un récit vivant et érudit, John Julius Norwich narre le tumultueux destin de cette île fascinante, et des tyrans, des monarques et des reines remarquables qui ont combattu pour la dominer.
    La Sicile est la plus grande île de la Méditerranée, le relais entre l'Europe et l'Afrique, le lien entre l'Occident latin et l'Orient grec. Sa situation stratégique a tenté les empereurs romains, les princes français et les rois espagnols. Les luttes qui s'en sont suivies pour la conquérir et la garder ont joué un rôle crucial dans l'essor et le déclin des dynasties les plus puissantes du monde.
    Le récit palpitant de John Julius Norwich est le premier à nouer ensemble les fils de l'histoire sicilienne dans une seule étude globale. De ses débuts comme cité-État grecque à son émergence comme carrefour commercial multiculturel pendant les croisades, et de la rébellion contre l'unification italienne à l'essor de la mafia, l'histoire de la Sicile est riche de moments extraordinaires et de personnages spectaculaires.

  • The Mediterranean has nurtured three of the most dazzling civilisations of antiquity, witnessed the birth or growth of three of our greatest religions and links three of the world's six continents. This work tells the story of the Middle Sea itself - a story that begins with the Phoenicians and the Pharaohs and ends with the Treaty of Versailles.

  • Histoire de la Méditerranée

    John Julius Norwich

    • Tempus/perrin
    • 12 Janvier 2012

    Située à la croisée de trois continents, la Méditerranée a nourri trois des plus fascinantes civilisations de l'Antiquité et a été le creuset d'une multitude d'autres. Depuis les Phéniciens jusqu'à« l'empire informel » britannique, John Julius Norwich nous raconte comment cette mer a décidé de l'histoire des terres qui la contournent. En guide passionné, il nous plonge successivement au coeur des guerres puniques, des invasions barbares, de la conquête arabe, des croisades, de la chute de Constantinople, de la bataille de Lépante ou du Risorgimento italien. Car entre échanges et heurts, compréhension et rejet, la Méditerranée raconte l'histoire de la rencontre des civilisations occidentale et orientale.

  • Anglais Cities that shaped the ancient world

    John Julius Norwich

    • Thames & hudson
    • 3 Février 2022

    John Julius Norwich presents a sweeping tour of forty great cities that shaped the ancient world and its civilizations - and which in turn have shaped our own.

    The cities of the ancient world built the foundations for modern urban life, their innovations in architecture and politics essential to cities as we know them today. But what was it like to live in Babylon, Carthage or Teotihuacan?

    From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the spectacular urban monuments of the Maya in Central America, the cities explored here represent almost three millennia of human history. Not only do they illustrate the highest achievement of the cultures that built them, but they also help us understand the rise and fall of these ancient peoples. Eminent historians and archaeologists with first-hand knowledge of each site give voices to these silent ruins, bringing them to life as the teeming, state-of-the-art metropolises they once were.

  • FRANCE - A HISTORY: FROM GAUL TO DE GAULLE

    John Julius Norwich

    • Murray publications ltd
    • 4 Avril 2019

    'For his final book, the late Norwich tackled the dauntingly vast subject of two millennia of French history with admirable lightness and urbanity . . . his comic footnotes deserve a review of their own' DAILY TELEGRAPH I can still feel, as if it were yesterday, the excitement of my first Channel crossing (as a child of nearly 7) in September 1936; the regiment of porters, smelling asphyxiatingly of garlic in their blue-green blousons; the raucous sound all around me of spoken French; the immense fields of Normandy strangely devoid of hedges; then the Gare du Nord at twilight, the policemen with their kepis and their little snow-white batons; and my first sight of the Eiffel Tower . . . This book is written in the belief that the average English-speaking man or woman has remarkably little knowledge of French history. We may know a bit about Napoleon or Joan of Arc or Louis XIV, but for most of us that's about it. In my own three schools we were taught only about the battles we won: Crecy and Poitiers, Agincourt and Waterloo. The rest was silence. So here is my attempt to fill in the blanks . . . John Julius Norwich's last book is the book he always wanted to write: the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains, to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French children taught that he invented schools) through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, FRANCE is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the perfect introduction to the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat -- and love better.

  • Short history of byzantium, a

    John Julius Norwich

    • Adult pbs
    • 19 Février 2013

    A Short History of Byzantium is renowned historian, and author of A History of Venice , John Julius Norwich's classic history of Byzantium Constantine the Great moved the seat of Roman power to Constantinople in AD 330 and for eleven brutal, bloody centuries, the Byzantine Empire became a beacon of grand magnificence and depraved decadence . . . Here then are the centuries dominated by ferocious arguments over the nature of Christ and his Church. By knowledge, where scholars and scribes preserved the heritage of the ancient world. By emperors like Justinian the Great and Basil the Bulgar-Slayer - men pious, heroic or monstrous. By creativity, as art and architecture soared to new heights. In this abridgement of his celebrated trilogy, John Julius Norwich provides the definitive introduction to the savage, scintillating world of Byzantium. 'Norwich has the gift of historical perspective, as well as clarity and wit. Few can tell a good story better than he' Spectator 'A real-life epic of love and war, accessible to anyone' Independent on Sunday 'Norwich tells a remarkable story with boundless zest. He offers character sketches of the appalling personages who infest his narrative . . . with the assurance of a Macauley or a Gibbon' Daily Telegraph John Julius Norwich was born in 1929. He was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto, at Eton, at the University of Strasbourg and, after a spell of National Service in the Navy, at New College, Oxford, where he took a degree in French and Russian. In 1952 he joined the Foreign Service, where he remained for twelve years, serving at the embassies in Belgrade and Beirut. In 1964 he resigned from the service to write. He is the author of histories of Norman Sicily, the Republic of Venice and the Byzantine Empire. He has written and presented some thirty historical documentaries on television, and is a regular lecturer on Venice and numerous other subjects.

  • SICILY

    John Julius Norwich

    • Random house usa
    • 21 Juillet 2015

    Critically acclaimed author John Julius Norwich weaves the turbulent story of Sicily into a spellbinding narrative that places the island at the crossroads of world history. Sicily, said Goethe, is the key to everything. It is the largest island in the Mediterranean, the stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the link between the Latin West and the Greek East. Sicilys strategic location has tempted Roman emperors, French princes, and Spanish kings. The subsequent struggles to conquer and keep it have played crucial roles in the rise and fall of the worlds most powerful dynasties. Yet Sicily has often been little more than a footnote in books about other empires. John Julius Norwichs engrossing narrative is the first to knit together all of the colorful strands of Sicilian history into a single comprehensive study. Here is a vivid, erudite, page-turning chronicle of an island and the remarkable kings, queens, and tyrants who fought to rule it. From its beginnings as a Greek city-state to its emergence as a multicultural trading hub during the Crusades, from the rebellion against Italian unification to the rise of the Mafia, the story of Sicily is rich with extraordinary moments and dramatic characters. Writing with his customary deftness and humor, Norwich outlines the surprising influence Sicily has had on world history--the Romans fascination with Greek civilization dates back to their sack of Sicily--and tells the story of one of the worlds most kaleidoscopic cultures in a galvanizing, contemporary way. This volume has been a long time coming--Norwich began to explore Sicilys colorful history during his first visit to the island in the early 1960s. The dean of popular historians leads his readers through the millennia with the steady narrative hand of a master teacher or the worlds most learned tour guide. Like the island itself, Sicily is a book brimming with bold flavors that begs to be revisited again and again. Praise for Sicily Suavely readable . . . The very model of a popular historian, [Norwich] writes to give pleasure to the common reader. And what pleasure it is. -- The Wall Street Journal Entertaining on every page . . . There is something ancient and sorrowful in Sicily, some dark, brooding quality, just as captivating as its spellbinding history or its beautiful and varied landscapes, from beaches to lemon groves, pine forests to volcanoes. . . . The most amiable and freewheeling of guides, Norwich will always find time for the amusing anecdote. -- The Sunday Times Utterly engrossing . . . written with passion about the art and architecture of this magical island, filled with gossipy tidbits and sweeping historical theories. -- The Daily Beast Dazzling . . . Norwich is an elegantly graceful and entertaining storyteller. -- Richmond Times-Dispatch Charming . . . richly nuanced history relayed with enormous fondness. -- Kirkus Reviews A brisk and always-lively tour. -- Open Letters Monthly Norwich is deeply in love with Sicily. [His] boundless affection has inspired a determined effort to understand its painful past. The result is impressionistic, as love often is. -- The Times Norwich sketches personalities vividly. . . . He does the island and the reader a generous service in providing such an amiable introduction. -- The Sunday Telegraph Norwich tells [Sicilys] long, sad but fascinating story with sympathy and brio. -- Literary Review

  • Histoire de byzance (330-1453)

    John Julius Norwich

    • Perrin
    • 10 Juin 1999

    Ce livre retrace l'histoire d'un empire de onze siècles.
    Aucun empire chrétien n'a pu rivaliser en durée comme en influence culturelle. de moscou à venise, de londres à paris ou rome, des déserts d'arabie, les rois, les élites et les peuples ont rêvé de venir à constantinople, de la conquérir comme de commercer avec elle. cette " nouvelle rome " n'aît en 330 lorsque l'empereur constantin choisit d'établir sa capitale dans un port d'asie mineure appelé byzance.
    Elle s'effondre en 1453 sous les coups du sultan mehmet ii. pendant ce long millénaire s'est développé un empire au corps romain, à l'esprit grec et à l'âme orientale.
    John julius norwich avait publié une trilogie universitaire sur byzance. dans cet ouvrage, écrit à l'intention du grand public, il raconte l'histoire de l'empire byzantin comme une immense fresque où la galerie des quatre-vingt-huit empereurs est brossée avec un luxe de précisions, un souci de choisir le détail piquant de la vie privée, d'isoler la bataille décisive ou l'acte politique majeur.
    L'histoire de byzance devient, à la lecture de ce livre, pittoresque et colorée. l'auteur navigue avec habileté entre mythe et réalité, entre hypothèses et événements documentés. aussi, malgré la succession de bouleversements, de complots, john norwich donne une histoire claire, servie par une écriture fluide et imagée, offrant des points de vue pertinents et tranchés.

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