The Immortal Emperor: The Life and Legend of Constantine Palaiologos, Last Emperor of the Romans

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Cambridge University Press, May 9, 2002 - History - 176 pages
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Constantine XI Palaiologos was the last Christian Emperor of Constantinople and Byzantium. In 1453, when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks, he was last seen fighting at the city walls, but the actual circumstances of his death have remained surrounded in myth. In the years that followed it was said that he was not dead but sleeping - the 'immortal emperor' turned to marble, who would one day be awakened by an angel and drive the Turks out of his city and empire. Donald Nicol's book tells the gripping story of Constantine's life and death, and ends with an intriguing account of claims by reputed descendants of his family - some remarkably recent - to be heirs to the Byzantine throne.
 

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This slim volume is the first biography of Constantine XI since the late 1800's and is a fascinating read. Not much is known about his early life; we follow him as Despot [=Governor?] of the Morea ... Read full review

Contents

THE DWINDLING EMPIRE
1
CONSTANTINE DESPOT AT MISTRA
21
CONSTANTINE EMPEROR AT CONSTANTINOPLE
36
THE FALL OF CONSTANTINOPLE
54
THE DEATH OF CONSTANTINE
74
THE IMMORTAL EMPEROR
95
THE DYING EMBERS
109
BIBLIOGRAPHY
129
INDEX
141
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