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The end of Byzantium

Author: Jonathan Harris
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By 1400, the once-mighty Byzantine Empire stood on the verge of destruction. Most of its territories had been lost to the Ottoman Turks, and Constantinople was under close blockade. Against all odds, Byzantium lingered on for another fifty years until 1453, when the Ottomans dramatically toppled the capital's walls. During this bleak and uncertain time, ordinary Byzantines faced difficult decisions to protect their
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Harris
ISBN: 9780300117868 0300117868 9780300187915 0300187912
OCLC Number: 601349923
Description: xxii, 298 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, 3 maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Autumn in Constantinople --
The shadow empire --
Playing politics --
To the brink --
Twisting the lion's tail --
A Council and a Crusade --
From Murad to Mehmed --
Nemesis --
On the quayside --
East or West?
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