The Fall of Constantinople 1453

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 26, 2012 - History - 256 pages
This classic account shows how the fall of Constantinople in May 1453, after a siege of several weeks, came as a bitter shock to Western Christendom. The city's plight had been neglected, and negligible help was sent in this crisis. To the Turks, victory not only brought a new imperial capital, but guaranteed that their empire would last. To the Greeks, the conquest meant the end of the civilisation of Byzantium, and led to the exodus of scholars stimulating the tremendous expansion of Greek studies in the European Renaissance.

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User Review  - jonfaith - www.librarything.com

This is an often harrowing account of the bitter end of the Byzantine empire, that eastward extension of the Roman Imperium. Many at the time, may have thought good riddance. Publicly though this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Balnaves - LibraryThing

'No scholar in the field is better suited or equipped than Sir Steven to retell the story' David Talbot, Times Literary Supplement When the Ottomans captured Constantinople, they established an empire ... Read full review

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