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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)


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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has always maintained its initial appeal to both the general public and scholars alike. Its sheer scale is daunting, encompassing over a millennium of history, covering not merely the Western Empire from the days of the early emperors to its extinction in AD 476, but also the Eastern Empire, which lasted for another thousand years until the Turks vanquished it in 1453. But Gibbon’s style, part historical fact and part literature, is enticing, and the sheer honesty of the man, who endeavors to be scrupulously impartial in his presentation, endears him to the reader. In this recording, David Timson incorporates the most salient of Gibbon’s footnotes. In Volume VI (Chapters LVII-LXXI), Gibbon ends his masterful history by charting the rise of the Turkish nation and the birth of the Ottoman Empire, which becomes an unstoppable force as it eventually captures the remains of the Eastern Empire. Weakened under the continuing schism of the Greek and Latin Christians, the strategically important site of Constantinople becomes an easy target for Sultan Mohammed II - much to the consternation and apathy of the West.
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Item number NA0130
Barcode 9781843797203
Release date 10/1/2014
Category Spoken Word
Label NAXOS AUDIO BOOKS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 22
Performers
Non-Classical Artist Timson, David
Disc: 1
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 Chapter 57 00:10:49 Timson, David
2 From the paths of blood, and such is the history o 00:09:14 Timson, David
3 The apprehension of such formidable friendship … 00:10:16 Timson, David
4 With the belief of the Koran, the son of Seljuk … 00:10:13 Timson, David
5 The false or genuine magnanimity of Mahmud the Gaz 00:08:54 Timson, David
6 As long as a hope survived, Romanus attempted to r 00:09:59 Timson, David
7 During the life of Alp Arslan … 00:09:45 Timson, David
8 The greatness and unity of the Turkish Empire expi 00:09:31 Timson, David
Disc: 2
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 On the hard conditions of tribute and servitude … 00:10:26 Timson, David
2 The revolution which transferred the sceptre … 00:11:42 Timson, David
3 Chapter 58 00:10:13 Timson, David
4 It may occasion some surprise that the Roman ponti 00:10:23 Timson, David
5 I. The right of a just defence may fairly include 00:10:19 Timson, David
6 These compensations of the purse and the person … 00:11:00 Timson, David
7 The fifteenth of August had been fixed in the coun 00:08:26 Timson, David
8 None of the great sovereigns of Europe embarked th 00:06:43 Timson, David
Disc: 3
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 III. In the south of France, the command was assum 00:09:57 Timson, David
2 Abroad in enterprise and pilgrimage … 00:11:24 Timson, David
3 In some Oriental tale I have read the fable … 00:09:23 Timson, David
4 A private letter of Stephen of Chartres … 00:10:57 Timson, David
5 Had not superstition condemned the sacrilegious pr 00:10:23 Timson, David
6 As long as the horses were fresh … 00:09:32 Timson, David
7 At the end of seven months, after the ruin of thei 00:09:28 Timson, David
8 For their salvation and victory … 00:08:22 Timson, David
Disc: 4
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 The prudence or fortune of the Franks … 00:10:01 Timson, David
2 On the fifth day, the crusaders made a general ass 00:10:56 Timson, David
3 Without this indulgence, the conqueror would have 00:11:20 Timson, David
4 The justice and freedom of the constitution were m 00:10:04 Timson, David
5 Chapter 59 00:09:13 Timson, David
6 I. Of the swarms that so closely trod in the foots 00:11:17 Timson, David
7 III. The swarms that followed the first crusade … 00:07:24 Timson, David
8 The enthusiasm of the first crusade … 00:09:13 Timson, David
Disc: 5
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 Ascansar, a valiant Turk, had been the favourite… 00:10:09 Timson, David
2 The Franks were already at the gates of Cairo… 00:11:50 Timson, David
3 During its short existence, the kingdom of Jerusal 00:10:35 Timson, David
4 After Jerusalem had been delivered from the presen 00:10:21 Timson, David
5 Philip Augustus and Richard the First are the only 00:09:10 Timson, David
6 The health both of Richard and Saladin appeared… 00:09:30 Timson, David
7 The persons, the families, and estates of the pilg 00:10:22 Timson, David
8 In complete armour, the oriflamme waving before hi 00:07:24 Timson, David
Disc: 6
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 They produce the great charter of their liberties… 00:07:24 Timson, David
2 Chapter 60 00:08:43 Timson, David
3 Bigotry and national aversion are powerful magnifi 00:10:00 Timson, David
4 The two wives of Manuel Comnenus… 00:10:33 Timson, David
5 The Bulgarians were malicious enough to pray… 00:11:59 Timson, David
6 In the invasion of Italy by Attila… 00:11:39 Timson, David
7 The execution of the treaty was still opposed… 00:08:08 Timson, David
8 A double alliance, and the dignity of Caesar… 00:10:22 Timson, David
Disc: 7
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 In relating the invasion of a great empire… 00:09:10 Timson, David
2 In the choice of the attack, the French and Veneti 00:09:45 Timson, David
3 The mixture of two discordant nations in the same 00:09:08 Timson, David
4 Among the Greeks, all authority and wisdom were ov 00:11:55 Timson, David
5 Constantinople had been taken by storm… 00:09:30 Timson, David
6 In the meanwhile, his desolate churches were profa 00:12:25 Timson, David
7 Chapter 61 00:07:40 Timson, David
8 In the division of the Greek provinces… 00:09:01 Timson, David
Disc: 8
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 As the tyrant, pursued by fear or remorse… 00:09:02 Timson, David
2 The Latin conquerors had been saluted… 00:10:12 Timson, David
3 In all civilised hostility, a treaty is establishe 00:10:25 Timson, David
4 The Venetians had engaged to transport Peter… 00:10:26 Timson, David
5 In the double victory of John of Brienne… 00:10:14 Timson, David
6 The Latins of Constantinople were on all sides… 00:12:00 Timson, David
7 After this narrative of the expeditions of the Lat 00:11:04 Timson, David
8 Digression on the Family of Courtenay 00:06:01 Timson, David
Disc: 9
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 II. While Joscelin reigned beyond the Euphrates… 00:09:21 Timson, David
2 III. According to the old register of Ford Abbey… 00:09:16 Timson, David
3 Chapter 62 00:10:20 Timson, David
4 A matron of the family of the Palaeologi… 00:08:24 Timson, David
5 But his innocence had been too unworthily treated… 00:10:43 Timson, David
6 So eager was the impatience of the prince and peop 00:08:25 Timson, David
7 Arsenius was involved in a vague rumour of conspir 00:11:57 Timson, David
8 But they found a country without a friend… 00:10:15 Timson, David
Disc: 10
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 The hostile league against the Greeks… 00:09:21 Timson, David
2 I shall not, I trust, be accused of superstition… 00:11:24 Timson, David
3 After some ages of oblivion, Greece was awakened… 00:08:31 Timson, David
4 Chapter 63 00:09:34 Timson, David
5 But the younger Andronicus was speedily corrupted… 00:09:57 Timson, David
6 His calamities were embittered by the gradual exti 00:10:11 Timson, David
7 Had the regent found a suitable return… 00:09:19 Timson, David
8 The introduction of barbarians and savages… 00:11:00 Timson, David
Disc: 11
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 While the regent grasped the sceptre… 00:09:15 Timson, David
2 For the conclusion of this chapter… 00:11:30 Timson, David
3 But the emperor was soon solicited to violate the 00:05:58 Timson, David
4 Chapter 64 00:09:31 Timson, David
5 The reason of Zingis was not informed by books… 00:09:12 Timson, David
6 In the West, he touched the dominions of Mohammed… 00:09:37 Timson, David
7 In the attack and defence of places… 00:10:10 Timson, David
8 In his rapid progress, he overran the kingdoms… 00:13:38 Timson, David
Disc: 12
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 One hundred and forty years after the death of Zin 00:11:50 Timson, David
2 From the conquest of Prusa, we may date the true e 00:10:31 Timson, David
3 Before his death, he generously recommended anothe 00:10:10 Timson, David
4 Such was the origin of these haughty troops… 00:08:11 Timson, David
5 Such is the general idea of the Hungarian war… 00:08:46 Timson, David
6 After his enfranchisement from an oppressive guard 00:09:01 Timson, David
7 Chapter 65 00:12:00 Timson, David
8 I. For every war, a motive of safety or revenge… 00:08:46 Timson, David
Disc: 13
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 On the banks of the Don, or Tanais, he received… 00:09:26 Timson, David
2 Between two jealous and haughty neighbours… 00:10:06 Timson, David
3 The true succession of the caliphs was a controver 00:10:21 Timson, David
4 In that day Bajazet displayed the qualities of a s 00:09:40 Timson, David
5 II. The name of Poggius the Italian is deservedly 00:10:51 Timson, David
6 The recent expulsion of the house of Zingis was an 00:10:24 Timson, David
7 The four following observations will serve to appr 00:11:53 Timson, David
8 In these conflicts, the wisest Turks… 00:06:43 Timson, David
Disc: 14
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 But the execution of his last testament… 00:08:30 Timson, David
2 From the time of Orchan and the first Amurath… 00:08:28 Timson, David
3 Chapter 66 00:10:12 Timson, David
4 If Clement was ill endowed with the virtues of a p 00:10:52 Timson, David
5 A special licence was granted to negotiate with th 00:10:07 Timson, David
6 During the period of the crusades, the Greeks behe 00:09:03 Timson, David
7 After his return, and the victory of Timour, Manue 00:11:09 Timson, David
8 To heal the wounds, and restore the monarchy… 00:11:04 Timson, David
Disc: 15
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 The resolution of Palaeologus was decided… 00:09:19 Timson, David
2 But as soon as festivity and form had given place… 00:11:00 Timson, David
3 While they were lost in a cloud of dust and darkne 00:10:52 Timson, David
4 The success of the first trial encouraged Eugenius 00:10:49 Timson, David
5 The most learned Italians of the fifteenth century 00:09:22 Timson, David
6 The first steps of learning are slow and laborious 00:09:48 Timson, David
7 I shall not attempt to enumerate the restorers of 00:09:41 Timson, David
8 Nicholas the fifth had been the friend of the most 00:07:17 Timson, David
Disc: 16
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 Before the revival of classic literature… 00:04:15 Timson, David
2 Chapter 67 00:08:36 Timson, David
3 The last hope of the falling city and empire… 00:09:15 Timson, David
4 'Sultan Murad, or Amurath, lived forty-nine…' 00:11:02 Timson, David
5 Yet, on this side, the designs of the Roman pontif 00:10:59 Timson, David
6 It was on this fatal spot that, instead of finding 00:12:15 Timson, David
7 In the list of heroes, John Huniades and Scanderbe 00:11:45 Timson, David
8 Without disparagement to his fame… 00:10:20 Timson, David
Disc: 17
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 On the return of Phranza, the treaty was ratified… 00:03:24 Timson, David
2 Chapter 68 00:10:31 Timson, David
3 The Mohammedan, and more especially the Turkish ca 00:09:01 Timson, David
4 Mohammed himself pressed and directed the work… 00:08:46 Timson, David
5 Among the implements of destruction, he studied… 00:10:36 Timson, David
6 In her last decay, Constantinople was still people 00:10:06 Timson, David
7 Of the triangle which composes the figure of Const 00:11:14 Timson, David
8 Except eighteen galleys of some force… 00:14:37 Timson, David
Disc: 18
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 The greatest part of Mohammed's bashaws and Janiza 00:09:56 Timson, David
2 The immediate loss of Constantinople may be ascrib 00:09:56 Timson, David
3 While they expected the descent of the tardy angel 00:10:25 Timson, David
4 From the first hour of the memorable twenty-ninth 00:10:35 Timson, David
5 Constantinople no longer appertains to the Roman h 00:09:50 Timson, David
6 It is not easy to pronounce whether the servitude 00:10:58 Timson, David
7 Chapter 69 00:08:07 Timson, David
8 Of her two sovereigns, the emperor had precariousl 00:08:54 Timson, David
Disc: 19
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 The motives of the Pope's election… 00:09:39 Timson, David
2 The Jews had rejected the Christ when he appeared… 00:10:30 Timson, David
3 The love of ancient freedom has encouraged a belie 00:12:12 Timson, David
4 The union and vigour of a public council was disso 00:08:34 Timson, David
5 In the first moments of rebellion… 00:09:45 Timson, David
6 Under the reign of Hadrian, when the empire extend 00:09:33 Timson, David
7 A vacancy of almost three years had preceded… 00:08:49 Timson, David
8 After Benedict's decease, the tedious and equal su 00:10:24 Timson, David
Disc: 20
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 Clement's summons was obeyed… 00:11:41 Timson, David
2 Boniface proclaimed a crusade against his personal 00:06:40 Timson, David
3 Chapter 70 00:09:34 Timson, David
4 In the act or diploma which was presented to Petra 00:12:07 Timson, David
5 But such voluntary obedience evaporates… 00:10:13 Timson, David
6 The deliverance of his country inspired Rienzi… 00:09:15 Timson, David
7 With equal presumption the tribune watched or repo 00:10:31 Timson, David
8 The vision and prophecies of St. Martin and Pope B 00:08:09 Timson, David
Disc: 21
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 After an exile of seven years, the first deliverer 00:09:18 Timson, David
2 The first and most generous wish of Petrarch… 00:10:26 Timson, David
3 If superstition will interpret an untimely death… 00:08:59 Timson, David
4 I have not undertaken the ecclesiastical history o 00:10:35 Timson, David
5 The royal prerogative of coining money… 00:09:00 Timson, David
6 It is an obvious truth, that the times must be sui 00:09:33 Timson, David
7 In the first period of their conquests… 00:09:15 Timson, David
8 Chapter 71 00:12:11 Timson, David
Disc: 22
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume V00:00:00
1 Innumerable buildings, crowded in close and crooke 00:09:55 Timson, David
2 III. The value of any object that supplies the wan 00:09:51 Timson, David
3 With some slight alterations, a theatre, an amphit 00:07:40 Timson, David
4 The abolition at Rome of the ancient games… 00:09:07 Timson, David
5 When Petrarch first gratified his eyes with a view 00:12:13 Timson, David
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