The Fall of Constantinople 1453
This classic account shows how the fall of Constantinople in May 1453, after a siege of several weeks, came as a bitter shock to Western Christendom. The city's plight had been neglected, and negligible help was sent in this crisis. To the Turks, victory not only brought a new imperial capital, but guaranteed that their empire would last. To the Greeks, the conquest meant the end of the civilisation of Byzantium, and led to the exodus of scholars stimulating the tremendous expansion of Greek studies in the European Renaissance.
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Review: The Fall of Constantinople 1453 (Canto)User Review - Jonathan - Goodreads
Post-modernist historians will tell you that there are no such things as historical turning points or watersheds, but (as in so many other things) they are mistaken, and one of history's great ... Read full review
Review: The Fall of Constantinople 1453 (Canto)User Review - Victor Sabau - Goodreads
Very good narrative style, thoroughly readable even for non-scholars. Although apparently recent historical research has proven that some of Runciman's data is incorrect, that is just minor aspects, that don't take away anything from this outstanding work. Read full review