Saturday, June 2, 2018

Obit: John Julius Norwich

John Julius Norwich at home in Little Venice; the portrait above the mantlepiece is of his mother
John Julius Norwich, who has died aged 88, called himself a writer and broadcaster. He was really a man of many enthusiasms – for books, music, architecture, paintings – and his great talent was to be able to convey those passions to the public at large, through books, radio broadcasts and in nearly three dozen television documentaries from the BBC, on subjects ranging from the fall of Constantinople, through Napoleon’s final 100 days’ campaign, to Haiti’s revolutionary leader Toussaint Louverture.

read more here @ John Julius Norwich and Wikipedia

He was a favourite author of mine, and I have (and have read) a number of his books including:
  • The Normans in the South (1967)
  • The Kingdom in the Sun (1970)
  • A History of Venice: The Rise to Empire (1977)
  • A History of Byzantium: The Early Centuries (1988); The Apogee (1991); The Decline & Fall (1995)
  • A Short History of Byzantium (1997)
  • Paradise of Cities: Venice in the Nineteenth Century (2003)
  • The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean (2006)
  • The Popes: A History, (March 2011)
  • Sicily: A Short History 2015
  • Four Princes (2016)
  • A History of France ( due to be released Oct 2018)

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