Outlandish knight : the Byzantine life of Steven Runciman / Minoo Dinshaw.
By: Dinshaw, Minoo.Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2016Description: xvi, 767 p., 16 unnumbered p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780241004937 : (hbk.).Subject(s): Runciman, Steven, 1903-2000 | Historians -- Great Britain -- Biography | Crusades. -- History | Military history, Medieval | Istanbul (Turkey) -- History | Middle East -- History | Jerusalem -- HistoryDDC classification: 907.202 Also issued online.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
The high priestess -- The empress -- The emperor -- Temperance -- The lovers -- The hierophant -- The sun -- The moon -- The world -- Sailing to Bulgaria -- Death -- The devil -- The chariot -- The wheel of fortune -- The star -- Justice -- The hermit -- The trilogy -- Strength -- The wide canvas -- The fool -- The hanged man -- The tower -- The grand orator -- The magician -- Judgement
The biography of one of the greatest British historians - but also of a uniquely strange and various man.
In his enormously long life, Steven Runciman managed not just to be a great historian of the Crusades and Byzantium, but Grand Orator of the Orthodox Church, a member of the Order of Whirling Dervishes, Greek Astronomer Royal and Laird of Eigg. His friendships, curiosities and intrigues entangled him in a huge array of different artistic movements, civil wars, Cold War betrayals and, above all, the rediscovery of the history of the Eastern Mediterranean. He was as happy living in a remote part of the Inner Hebrides as in the heart of Istanbul. He was obsessed with historical truth, but also with tarot, second sight, ghosts and the uncanny.
Outlandish Knight is a dazzling debut by a writer who has prodigious gifts, but who also has had the ability to spot one of the great biographical subjects. This is an extremely funny book about a man who attracted the strangest experiences, but also a very serious one. It is about the rigours of a life spent in the distant past, but also about the turbulent world of the twentieth century, where so much that Runciman studied and cherished would be destroyed.
Also issued online.