Constantinople, 1453: The End of Byzantium

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Praeger, 2005 - History - 96 pages
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This title details the epic four-month siege of the city of Constantinople, last vestige of the once mighty Roman and Byzantine Empires. Mehmet 'The Conqueror' led an army of 80,000 men with a massive siege train against the city. Defending were a mere 10,000 men under the Emperor Constantine XI. The Turkish artillery battered the ancient city walls mercilessly, levelling a large section. A gallant defence held off the massive Turkish assault for several hours. Refusing appeals to flee, Constantine returned to the breaches and fought until overwhelmed and killed. Thus died the last Emperor of the Byzantines and with him his once glorious empire. David Nicolle examines one of the most famous military encounters in history, which marked the final demise of the Roman/Byzantine Empire.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A book containing the usual birdseye views of the battle field. There is some discussion of the arrow-in-the-eye theory, and good maps of the campaigning after Hastings. The section on War-gaming Hastings is an interesting essay on the idea of refighting battles. Read full review

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Why on earth have I read so many books on the Crusades? What is wrong with me, seriously? Read full review



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DAVID NICOLLE worked in the BBC's Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years.

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