The Fall of Constantinople 1453

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 26, 2012 - History - 256 pages
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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'No scholar in the field is better suited or equipped than Sir Steven to retell the story' David Talbot, Times Literary Supplement When the Ottomans captured Constantinople, they established an empire ... Read full review

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A riveting account of the death of the last vestiges of the Roman Empire. We in the west don't understand just how much we owe to the Byzantine Empire and, as much as it pains me to say this, the fall ... Read full review

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