The Fall of Constantinople 1453

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/26/2012
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr

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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.

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
The dying empire
The rising sultanate
The emperor and the sultan
The price of Western aid
Preparations for the siege
The siege begins
The loss of the Golden Horn
Fading hope
The last days of Byzantium
The fall of Constantinople
The fate of the vanquished
Europe and the conqueror
The survivors
Principal sources for a history of the fall of Constantinople
The churches of Constantinople after the conquest
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