About a book

Wikipedia references are notoriously unreliable. I have encountered authors’ names misspelled, and once a book that didn’t even exist (although that has since been removed). Anyway, I have been trying to authenticate a book referenced in the Wikipedia article on the Second Council of Lyons (1274). I made an exhaustive search for it on Abebooks but came up with nothing, and there is no copy in Google Books either. The book is entitled: “The Byzantine Reaction to the Second Council of Lyons, 1274,” by eminent Byzantinist Donald MacGillivray Nicol, published in 1971. It might not even be a book; perhaps just a chapter in another book on the subject of the Crusades, or the union of the churches. I just can’t know. If anybody more skilled at this sort of thing can offer their assistance, I would be very much obliged.

5 thoughts on “About a book

  1. Allegedly, there’s one at King’s College in London.

    Format : Book
    System Nbr. : ocn223113463
    Author : Nicol, Donald M. (Donald MacGillivray), 1923-2003.
    Title : The Byzantine reaction to the second Council of Lyons, 1274 / by Donald M. Nicols.
    Publisher : University Press,
    Date : 1971.
    Description : pages 113-146 (34 pages)
    Notes : Offprint from: Studies in church history, volume 7, 1971.
    Subject : Council of Lyons (2nd : 1274)
    Subject : Christian union –Orthodox Eastern Church –History.
    Content type : text
    Media type : unmediated
    Carrier type : volume


  2. Nicol, D. (1971). The Byzantine reaction to the Second Council of Lyons, 1274. Studies in Church History, 7, 113-146.

    Abstract: “On Friday 6 July 1274 the reunion of the Greek and Roman Churches was solemnly proclaimed at the Second Council of Lyons. It was a great occasion, and an occasion of great rejoicing for Pope Gregory X who had convened the assembly. In some ways the Greeks, or the Byzantines, had responded to his invitation rather more satisfactorily than his own people. For of the thirteen crowned heads of western Europe who had been invited to attend only one had found it possible to accept. But the Byzantine Emperor from distant Constantinople had sent his own representative in the person of his Grand Logothete George Akropolites; and with him had come a former Patriarch of Constantinople, Germanos, and the Metropolitan of Nicaea, Theophanes. The Council had opened at Lyons in May 1274. But the Byzantine legates had been delayed by shipwreck on their long journey, and it was not until 24 June that they reached their destination. They were welcomed with the kiss of peace by the Pope and all his cardinals and presented the sealed documents that they had brought with them from the Emperor Michael Palaiologos and from the Byzantine clergy.”


  3. It also appears to be a part of:

    Councils and assemblies; papers read at the Eighth Summer Meeting and the Ninth Winter Meeting of the Ecclesiastical History Society

    edited by G.J. Cuming and Derek Baker


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