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It was a `truceless war' which Justinian's ambassador had denounced against the cringing Theodahad when he heard of the murder of Amalasuntha. And in truth all the schemings and machinations of the Byzantine Court had been rewarded beyond their deservings by as fair and honorable an excuse for war as ever prince could allege. Lilybaeum and Gratiana, Sicilian forts and Hunnish deserters, had all faded into the background. The great Emperor now appeared upon the scene in his proper character as Earthly Providence, preparing to avenge, on an ungrateful and cowardly tyrant, the murder of the noble daughter of Theodoric. The pretext was better than that put forth for the Vandal War, the foe infinitely baser. At the same time it might perhaps be discovered that, notwithstanding the ambassador's brave words about a truceless war, the Earthly Providence was not unwilling to arrange terms with the murderer if it could secure any advantage for itself by doing so.
In the summer of 535, nine years after Justinian's accession to the throne, the armies were sent forth from Constantinople, and the Gothic War began...

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Generi Storia e Biografie » Storia d'Italia e delle Regioni italiane » Storia d'Italia

Editore Perennial Press

Formato Ebook con Adobe DRM

Pubblicato 13/02/2016

Lingua Inglese

EAN-13 9781531206376

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