The Siege and the Fall of Constantinople in 1453: Historiography, Topography, and Military Studies

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - History - 759 pages
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A major study and an essential reference work, this book presents a critical evaluation of the sources on the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. In Part I: The Pen, drawing upon manuscript and printed sources, and looking at the contrasting interpretations in secondary works, the authors reassess the written evidence concerning the event. In Part II, The Sword, the investigation results in new conclusions concerning the layout of the Theodosian Walls, the offensive and defensive strategies of the Byzantines and Turks, including land and sea operations, and an analysis of some of the major engagements.
  

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Contents

THE
3
A Ghost a Pope a Merchant and a Boy
93
Sphrantzes and PseudoSphrantzes
139
Folk History
193
PART TWO THE SWORD
297
Prelude to the Siege of 1453
359
A Castle and a Bombard
397
Subordinate Operations
429
Some Observations on Strategy
547
Ephemeris of the Siege
571
Texts on the Execution of Loukas Notaras
597
Kerkoporta
619
Conclusions
622
Some Defenders and NonCombatants
625
Bibliography
663
Index
715

The Main Targets
475

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