1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West
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.
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1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the WestUser 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
EnlighteningUser Review - cjsienczak - Borders
Fast paced and easy to read. Much like a novel only historically informative. Read full review