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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (The), Vol. 6 (Unabridged)

    

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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (The), Vol. 6 (Unabridged)

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 endeavours 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.



Disc 1

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 57 00:10:49
2.   From the paths of blood, and such is the history of nations … 00:09:14
3.   The apprehension of such formidable friendship … 00:10:16
4.   With the belief of the Koran, the son of Seljuk … 00:10:13
5.   The false or genuine magnanimity of Mahmud the Gaznevide … 00:08:54
6.   As long as a hope survived, Romanus attempted to rally … 00:09:59
7.   During the life of Alp Arslan … 00:09:45
8.   The greatness and unity of the Turkish Empire expired … 00:09:31


Disc 2

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   On the hard conditions of tribute and servitude … 00:10:26
2.   The revolution which transferred the sceptre … 00:11:42
3.   Chapter 58 00:10:13
4.   It may occasion some surprise that the Roman pontiff … 00:10:23
5.   I. The right of a just defence may fairly include … 00:10:19
6.   These compensations of the purse and the person … 00:11:00
7.   The fifteenth of August had been fixed in the council … 00:08:26
8.   None of the great sovereigns of Europe embarked their persons … 00:06:43


Disc 3

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   III. In the south of France, the command was assumed … 00:09:57
2.   Abroad in enterprise and pilgrimage … 00:11:24
3.   In some Oriental tale I have read the fable … 00:09:23
4.   A private letter of Stephen of Chartres … 00:10:57
5.   Had not superstition condemned the sacrilegious prudence … 00:10:23
6.   As long as the horses were fresh … 00:09:32
7.   At the end of seven months, after the ruin of their cavalry … 00:09:28
8.   For their salvation and victory … 00:08:22


Disc 4

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   The prudence or fortune of the Franks … 00:10:01
2.   On the fifth day, the crusaders made a general assault … 00:10:56
3.   Without this indulgence, the conqueror would have almost … 00:11:20
4.   The justice and freedom of the constitution were maintained … 00:10:04
5.   Chapter 59 00:09:13
6.   I. Of the swarms that so closely trod in the footsteps … 00:11:17
7.   III. The swarms that followed the first crusade … 00:07:24
8.   The enthusiasm of the first crusade … 00:09:13


Disc 5

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   Ascansar, a valiant Turk, had been the favourite… 00:10:09
2.   The Franks were already at the gates of Cairo… 00:11:50
3.   During its short existence, the kingdom of Jerusalem… 00:10:35
4.   After Jerusalem had been delivered from the presence… 00:10:21
5.   Philip Augustus and Richard the First are the only kings… 00:09:10
6.   The health both of Richard and Saladin appeared… 00:09:30
7.   The persons, the families, and estates of the pilgrims… 00:10:22
8.   In complete armour, the oriflamme waving before him… 00:07:24


Disc 6

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   They produce the great charter of their liberties… 00:07:24
2.   Chapter 60 00:08:43
3.   Bigotry and national aversion are powerful magnifiers… 00:10:00
4.   The two wives of Manuel Comnenus… 00:10:33
5.   The Bulgarians were malicious enough to pray… 00:11:59
6.   In the invasion of Italy by Attila… 00:11:39
7.   The execution of the treaty was still opposed… 00:08:08
8.   A double alliance, and the dignity of Caesar… 00:10:22


Disc 7

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   In relating the invasion of a great empire… 00:09:10
2.   In the choice of the attack, the French and Venetians… 00:09:45
3.   The mixture of two discordant nations in the same capital… 00:09:08
4.   Among the Greeks, all authority and wisdom were overborne… 00:11:55
5.   Constantinople had been taken by storm… 00:09:30
6.   In the meanwhile, his desolate churches were profaned… 00:12:25
7.   Chapter 61 00:07:40
8.   In the division of the Greek provinces… 00:09:01


Disc 8

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   As the tyrant, pursued by fear or remorse… 00:09:02
2.   The Latin conquerors had been saluted… 00:10:12
3.   In all civilised hostility, a treaty is established… 00:10:25
4.   The Venetians had engaged to transport Peter… 00:10:26
5.   In the double victory of John of Brienne… 00:10:14
6.   The Latins of Constantinople were on all sides… 00:12:00
7.   After this narrative of the expeditions of the Latins… 00:11:04
8.   Digression on the Family of Courtenay 00:06:01


Disc 9

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   II. While Joscelin reigned beyond the Euphrates… 00:09:21
2.   III. According to the old register of Ford Abbey… 00:09:16
3.   Chapter 62 00:10:20
4.   A matron of the family of the Palaeologi… 00:08:24
5.   But his innocence had been too unworthily treated… 00:10:43
6.   So eager was the impatience of the prince and people… 00:08:25
7.   Arsenius was involved in a vague rumour of conspiracy… 00:11:57
8.   But they found a country without a friend… 00:10:15


Disc 10

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   The hostile league against the Greeks… 00:09:21
2.   I shall not, I trust, be accused of superstition… 00:11:24
3.   After some ages of oblivion, Greece was awakened… 00:08:31
4.   Chapter 63 00:09:34
5.   But the younger Andronicus was speedily corrupted… 00:09:57
6.   His calamities were embittered by the gradual extinction… 00:10:11
7.   Had the regent found a suitable return… 00:09:19
8.   The introduction of barbarians and savages… 00:11:00


Disc 11

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   While the regent grasped the sceptre… 00:09:15
2.   For the conclusion of this chapter… 00:11:30
3.   But the emperor was soon solicited to violate the treaty… 00:05:58
4.   Chapter 64 00:09:31
5.   The reason of Zingis was not informed by books… 00:09:12
6.   In the West, he touched the dominions of Mohammed… 00:09:37
7.   In the attack and defence of places… 00:10:10
8.   In his rapid progress, he overran the kingdoms… 00:13:38


Disc 12

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   One hundred and forty years after the death of Zingis… 00:11:50
2.   From the conquest of Prusa, we may date the true era… 00:10:31
3.   Before his death, he generously recommended another ally… 00:10:10
4.   Such was the origin of these haughty troops… 00:08:11
5.   Such is the general idea of the Hungarian war… 00:08:46
6.   After his enfranchisement from an oppressive guardian… 00:09:01
7.   Chapter 65 00:12:00
8.   I. For every war, a motive of safety or revenge… 00:08:46


Disc 13

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   On the banks of the Don, or Tanais, he received… 00:09:26
2.   Between two jealous and haughty neighbours… 00:10:06
3.   The true succession of the caliphs was a controversy… 00:10:21
4.   In that day Bajazet displayed the qualities of a soldier… 00:09:40
5.   II. The name of Poggius the Italian is deservedly famous… 00:10:51
6.   The recent expulsion of the house of Zingis was an insult… 00:10:24
7.   The four following observations will serve to appreciate… 00:11:53
8.   In these conflicts, the wisest Turks… 00:06:43


Disc 14

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   But the execution of his last testament… 00:08:30
2.   From the time of Orchan and the first Amurath… 00:08:28
3.   Chapter 66 00:10:12
4.   If Clement was ill endowed with the virtues of a priest… 00:10:52
5.   A special licence was granted to negotiate with the outlaw… 00:10:07
6.   During the period of the crusades, the Greeks beheld… 00:09:03
7.   After his return, and the victory of Timour, Manuel reigned… 00:11:09
8.   To heal the wounds, and restore the monarchy… 00:11:04


Disc 15

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   The resolution of Palaeologus was decided… 00:09:19
2.   But as soon as festivity and form had given place… 00:11:00
3.   While they were lost in a cloud of dust and darkness… 00:10:52
4.   The success of the first trial encouraged Eugenius… 00:10:49
5.   The most learned Italians of the fifteenth century… 00:09:22
6.   The first steps of learning are slow and laborious… 00:09:48
7.   I shall not attempt to enumerate the restorers of Grecian… 00:09:41
8.   Nicholas the fifth had been the friend of the most eminent… 00:07:17


Disc 16

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   Before the revival of classic literature… 00:04:15
2.   Chapter 67 00:08:36
3.   The last hope of the falling city and empire… 00:09:15
4.   'Sultan Murad, or Amurath, lived forty - nine…' 00:11:02
5.   Yet, on this side, the designs of the Roman pontiff… 00:10:59
6.   It was on this fatal spot that, instead of finding… 00:12:15
7.   In the list of heroes, John Huniades and Scanderberg… 00:11:45
8.   Without disparagement to his fame… 00:10:20


Disc 17

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   On the return of Phranza, the treaty was ratified… 00:03:24
2.   Chapter 68 00:10:31
3.   The Mohammedan, and more especially the Turkish casuists… 00:09:01
4.   Mohammed himself pressed and directed the work… 00:08:46
5.   Among the implements of destruction, he studied… 00:10:36
6.   In her last decay, Constantinople was still peopled… 00:10:06
7.   Of the triangle which composes the figure of Constantinople… 00:11:14
8.   Except eighteen galleys of some force… 00:14:37


Disc 18

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   The greatest part of Mohammed's bashaws and Janizaries… 00:09:56
2.   The immediate loss of Constantinople may be ascribed… 00:09:56
3.   While they expected the descent of the tardy angel… 00:10:25
4.   From the first hour of the memorable twenty - ninth of May 00:10:35
5.   Constantinople no longer appertains to the Roman historian… 00:09:50
6.   It is not easy to pronounce whether the servitude of Demetrius… 00:10:58
7.   Chapter 69 00:08:07
8.   Of her two sovereigns, the emperor had precariously reigned… 00:08:54


Disc 19

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   The motives of the Pope's election… 00:09:39
2.   The Jews had rejected the Christ when he appeared… 00:10:30
3.   The love of ancient freedom has encouraged a belief… 00:12:12
4.   The union and vigour of a public council was dissolved… 00:08:34
5.   In the first moments of rebellion… 00:09:45
6.   Under the reign of Hadrian, when the empire extended… 00:09:33
7.   A vacancy of almost three years had preceded… 00:08:49
8.   After Benedict's decease, the tedious and equal suspense… 00:10:24


Disc 20

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   Clement's summons was obeyed… 00:11:41
2.   Boniface proclaimed a crusade against his personal enemies… 00:06:40
3.   Chapter 70 00:09:34
4.   In the act or diploma which was presented to Petrarch… 00:12:07
5.   But such voluntary obedience evaporates… 00:10:13
6.   The deliverance of his country inspired Rienzi… 00:09:15
7.   With equal presumption the tribune watched or reposed… 00:10:31
8.   The vision and prophecies of St. Martin and Pope Boniface… 00:08:09


Disc 21

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   After an exile of seven years, the first deliverer… 00:09:18
2.   The first and most generous wish of Petrarch… 00:10:26
3.   If superstition will interpret an untimely death… 00:08:59
4.   I have not undertaken the ecclesiastical history of the schism… 00:10:35
5.   The royal prerogative of coining money… 00:09:00
6.   It is an obvious truth, that the times must be suited… 00:09:33
7.   In the first period of their conquests… 00:09:15
8.   Chapter 71 00:12:11


Disc 22

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI (Unabridged)
1.   Innumerable buildings, crowded in close and crooked streets… 00:09:55
2.   III. The value of any object that supplies the wants… 00:09:51
3.   With some slight alterations, a theatre, an amphitheatre… 00:07:40
4.   The abolition at Rome of the ancient games… 00:09:07
5.   When Petrarch first gratified his eyes with a view… 00:12:13

Total Playing Time: 28:26:57






Author(s):
Gibbon, Edward

Reader(s):
Timson, David

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Catalogue No: NA0130

Barcode: 9781843797203

Physical Release: 10/2014

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