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A HISTORY
Leslie Brubaker and John Haldn
 
Byzantium in the iconoclast era,
c.
680-850
Iconoclasm, the debate about the legitimacy of religious art that began in Byzantium around 720 and continued r nearly 120 years, has long held a rı grip on the historical imagination. This is the rst book in English r over y years to survey this most elusive and scinating period in medieval history It is also the rst book in any language to combine the expertise of two authors who are specialists in the written, archaeological, and visual evidence om this period, a combination of particular importance to the iconoclasm debate The authors have  worked together to provide a comprehensive overvie� of the visual,  written, and other materials that together help clari the complex issues of iconoclasm in Byzantium In doing so, they challenge many traditional assumptions about iconoclasm and set the period rmly in its broader political,· cultural, and social-economic context
LESLIE BR UBAKER
is Professor of Byzantine Art and Director of the Graduate School (College of Arts and Law) at the University ofBirmingham Her previous publications include
Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium: Image as Exegesis in the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus
(1999) and, with John Haldon,
Byzantium in the Era of Iconoclasm: The Sources
(2001) She has edited
Byzantium in the Ninth Century: Dead or Alive?
(1998) and coedited, with Robert Osterhout,
The Sacred Image East and st
(1995) and, with Julia M H Smith,
Gender in the Early Medieval World: East and West,
300-900
(2004)
JOHN HALDON
is Professor ofHistory and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Dum barton Oaks Center r Byzantine Studies His previous publications include
Byzantium in the Seventh Century: The ransformation ofa Culture
(1990; rev edn 1997) and
Byzantium: A History
(2000) He has edited
The Social History  Byzantium: Problems and Perspectives
(2008) and coedited, with lizabeth Jereys and Robin Cormack,
The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies
(2008)
 
Byzantium in the iconoclast era
c.
680-850: a history
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