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

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Hyperion Books, Aug 16, 2006 - Religion - 336 pages
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Now in trade paperback, 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.

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User Review  - Matt Allen - Goodreads

It's fascinating to watch something that was once beautiful and strong fall apart. That drama is at the heart of this excellent popular history. Speaking broadly, this book is about the clash of Islam ... Read full review

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Great little read on the fall of Constantinople. Read full review

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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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