By Paul Magdalino (ed)

One thousand years in the past, the Byzantine Empire was once attaining the peak of its revival as a mediaeval country. the 10 contributions to this quantity through students from six eu international locations reconsider key points of the empire's politics and tradition within the lengthy reign of the emperor Basil II.

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54 Yet for all these vicissitudes, the empire’s image of tranquil hegemony was not impaired irreparably. 55 This is not the place to compare systematically the expectations of such leaders as entered into negotiations for a Byzantine bride or to explore fully the political uses to which resultant brides were put. It is anyway difficult to distinguish sharply between the expectations and preferences of individual rulers and those of members of their elites. , Historia, ed. Hase, p. 79; Stephenson, Balkan Frontier, 51.

M. Mayeur et al. ), Histoire du christianisme des origines à nos jours, IV: Évêques, moines et empereurs (610–1054), ed. G. Dagron, P. Riché, A. Vauchez (Paris, 1993), 911–12. 96 A. Poppe, “Der Kampf um die Kiever Thronfolge nach dem 15. Juli 1015”, Forschungen zur osteuropäischen Geschichte 50 (1995), 275–96; idem, “Theophana von Novgorod”, Byzantinoslavica 58 (1997), 131–58; idem, “Feofana novgorodskaia”, Novgorodskiy Istoricheskiy Sbornik 6 (1997), 102–20; idem, “Losers on earth, winners from heaven”, Mediaeval Studies, 64, forthcoming.

75, p. 144; Erkens, “Frau als Herrscherin”, Abb. 2, p. 255; Corbet “Les impératrices”, p. 122 and fig. 3, p. 120. 83 On Otto’s intimacy with other-worldly figures, see H. Seibert, “Herrscher und Mönchtum im spätottonischen Reich”, in B. Schneidmüller and S. -Heinrich II. Eine Wende? (Sigmaringen, 1997), 216–20, 229–31, 242–5, 265; H. Mayr-Harting, Ottonian Book Illumination. An Historical Study, I (London, 1999), 162–3.     23 responsible for the selection of a Byzantine ivory depicting the Assumption for the cover of his Gospel Book.

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