1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

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Hachette Books, Feb 12, 2013 - History - 336 pages
A gripping exploration of the fall of Constantinople and its connection to the world we live in today.

The fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in history, and the end of the Byzantium Empire. Roger Crowley's readable and comprehensive account of the battle between Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Constantine XI, the 57th emperor of Byzantium, illuminates the period in history that was a precursor to the current jihad between the West and the Middle East.

Roger Crowley was born and brought up in England and studied English at Cambridge University before going to live and work in Istanbul, where he developed a strong interest in the history of Turkey. He has traveled throughout the Mediterranean basin over many years and has a wide-ranging knowledge of its geography and past. He is also the author of Empires of the Sea and City of Fortune.

Praise for 1453:

"Swiftly paced, useful guide to understanding the long enmity between Islam and Christianity."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Crowley's fascinating account reads more like lively fiction than dry recounting of historical events. The characters are drawn in great detail from historical source material to bring them to life on the page."
--Los Angeles Times

"Crowley manages to invest his retelling of the siege of Constantinople with almost nail-biting drama."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Gripping--the drama of 1453 is offered by Roger Crowley, an ex-teacher with a pedagogue's gift for anticipating queries and injecting life into an old, if perpetually fascinating, story."
--The Economist

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1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

User Review  - Kirkus

A fluent history of the annus horribilis in which impregnable Constantinople finally fell to Islam, a key moment in a 1,500-year-long clash of civilizations.Constantinople was a multinational ... Read full review


User Review  - cjsienczak - Borders

Fast paced and easy to read. Much like a novel only historically informative. Read full review

About the author (2013)

Roger Crowley was born in England and studied English at Cambridge University. After university, he taught English in Istanbul where he developed his interest in the city and its history. He has traveled widely throughout Turkey, including three journeys on foot across Western Anatolia, and has a working knowledge of Turkish. For the past fifteen years he has worked as a successful educational publisher for Nelson Thornes in Cheltenham, England.

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