Steven Runciman cut an impressive figure among historians of Byzantium. On the whole we kept our distance. We were both in awe of him and inclined to criticise what Minoo Dinshaw refers to as a lack of ‘societal breadth’ in his gripping narrative histories. (It is present only in his History of the First Bulgarian Empire and a 1957 lecture on Sicily, in which he showed that he could, if he wanted, perform in the manner approved by the Annales school of history.)
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