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