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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User Review  - Shawn - Goodreads

A tragic read about a man who wanted nothing more than to be a scholar, but who became emperor and died fighting the Turks as they destroyed his empire after the Latin West had abandonned him. Read full review

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

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

The last emperor of Byzantium of often only described in his death scene against the Turks. The reality is that without help from the West he never had a chance. The empire the Turks finished off was ... 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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