Justinian II

The Roman Emperor Who Lost his Nose and his Throne and Regained Both

Peter Crawford

Date Published :
October 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526755308
Pages : 416
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Justinian II became Roman emperor at a time when the Empire was beset by external enemies. His forces gained success against the Arabs and Bulgars but his religious and social policies fuelled internal opposition which resulted in him being deposed and mutilated (his nose was cut off) in 695. After a decade in exile, during which he strangled two would-be assassins with his bare hands, he regained power through a coup d’etat with the backing of the erstwhile Bulgar enemy (an alliance sealed by the marriage of his daughter, Anastasia).

His second reign was seemingly harsher and again beset by both external and internal threats and dissension over doctrinal matters. An energetic and active ruler, his reign saw developments in various areas, including numismatics, administration, finance and architecture, but he was deposed a second time in 711 and beheaded. Drawing on all the available evidence and the most recent research, Peter Crawford makes a long-overdue re-assessment of Justinian’s colorful but troubled career and asks if he fully deserves his poor reputation.

About The Author

Dr Peter Crawford gained a PhD in Ancient History at Queen's University, Belfast under the tutelage of respected classicist Professor Brian Campbell. His previous books, _The War of the Three Gods_ (2013) and _Constantius II_ (2015) were also published by Pen & Sword. He lives in County Antrim, Northern Ireland


“Also readily available for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, Justinian II is an exceptional, well written, exhaustively researched, and detailed biography.”

- Midwest Book Review

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