Fall of Constantinople 1453

ISBN-10: 1107604699
ISBN-13: 9781107604698
Edition: 2012
Authors: Steven Runciman
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Sir Steven Runciman, one of the most acclaimed historians of the Byzantine era, was the author of many influential works, including the three-volume History of the Crusades.

List of plates
List of figures
Preface
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
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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