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 - Mel Foster - Goodreads
I first read this book about 25 years ago, and looked it up again. It was as good as I remembered! Runciman does a good job explaining the historical events as well as the legends and superstitions ... Read full review