Byzantine History in the Institute of Historical Research Library

This small, but heavily-used collection contains bibliographical aids, reference works and primary sources relating to many aspects of the Byzantine Empire from the seventh century to the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

There is an emphasis on political developments throughout the empire’s long history, although sources for other areas, such as the ecclesiastical history of the Byzantine Church, are also collected. The collection also has many holdings relating specifically to the lives of saints. In addition, court and government is also represented amongst the library's holdings.

Map of Byzantine Empire

Highlights of the Collection

EV.0 Bibliography

Introduction Bibliographic Sources

For example: 

EV.1 Subsidiary Studies

For example:

EV.2 Reference Works

For example:

EV.3 General Sources and Secondary Works

General Works


For example:

EV.4 To c.565

Early Sources Collection

For example:

EV.5 c.565-1081

Ev Ayious

For example:


EV.6 1081-1261


For example:

EV.7 1261-1453

The Fall of Constantinople

For example:

Electronic resources

A full list of our electronic resources is available at

Related collections

Within IHR Library

Other libraries, archives, organisations

The Library’s small Byzantine collection is well supplemented by other London based libraries and institutions. For books whose time period falls before the remit of the collection – 565 AD – the Institute of Classical Studies holds a significant collection of works on the classical period in both east and west. In addition, the libraries of Birkbeck, Senate House, and King’s College London, all have collections which cover both the period before the library’s remit and during it. Their collections focus more heavily on the secondary literature around the study of the Byzantine Empire. The Warburg Institute Library is an excellent research tool in the study of church relations between the Roman and Eastern Churches, invaluable in a study of the relations between the Papacy and the Patriarch of Constantinople.

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