chapter  XIII
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A More Charitable Verdict: Review of N.G. Wilson, Scholars of Byzantium

However that may be, this book would like, in all modesty, to do nothing less than ‘to give an account of what happened to Greek literature from the end of the ancient world until the time of its reappearance in western Europe during the Renaissance’ (p. 1). If such a book is written in English, it has every chance [616] of becoming a much-read hand-and textbook and in this respect one can accept that the work being reviewed, the fruit of almost twenty years’ labour, did not become more extensive. Doubtless this 283-page book could have become a much thicker and longer work (p. ix), but W. took particular care that it be readable. He has succeeded in this, not least because he always includes humour to spice it up.