From the Holy Mountain. A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium. WILLIAM DALRYMPLE.

From the Holy Mountain. A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium.

London. HarperCollins Publishers, 1997. Stock ID #159693

Endpaper maps, colour and black and white illustrations, 483pp, index, edges foxed and little browned, a good hardback copy. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple set off to retrace their footsteps. Despite centuries of isolation, a surprising number of the monasteries and churches visited by the two monks still survive today, surrounded by often hostile populations. Dalrymple's pilgrimage took him through a bloody civil war in eastern Turkey, the ruins of Beirut, the vicious tensions of the West Bank and a fundamentalist uprising in southern Egypt. His book is an elegy to the slowly dying civilization of Eastern Christianity and the peoples that have kept its flame alive. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 159693).

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