Siege of Constantinople (717-718)

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Lambert M. Surhone, Miriam T. Timpledon, Susan F. Marseken
VDM Publishing, Jul 12, 2010 - History - 80 pages
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Second Arab Siege of Constantinople (717-718) was a combined land and sea effort by the Arabs to take the capital city of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople. The Arab ground forces, led by Maslama ibn Abdal Malik, were held off by the massive city walls, decimated by an outbreak of plague and finally destroyed by the Bulgarian army. The Arab naval fleet was consequently defeated by Greek fire and the its remnants subsequently sunk in a storm on their return voyage. Upon victory, the Bulgarian khan Tervel was received in Constantinople as the saviour of the Byzantine Empire and bestowed the title Caesar by Justinian II.

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