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The fall of Constantinople, 1453

Author: Steven Runciman
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Series: Canto
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Canto edView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Runciman
ISBN: 0521398320 9780521398329
OCLC Number: 21227080
Description: xiv, 256 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: List of plates --
List of figures --
Preface --
1. The dying empire --
2. The rising sultanate --
3. The emperor and the sultan --
4. The price of Western aid --
5. Preparations for the siege --
6. The siege begins --
7. The loss of the Golden Horn --
8. Fading hope --
9. The last days of Byzantium --
10. The fall of Constantinople --
11. The fate of the vanquished --
12. Europe and the conqueror --
13. The survivors --
Appendix I. Principal sources for a history of the fall of Constantinople --
Appendix II. The churches of Constantinople after the conquest --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Canto
Responsibility: by Steven Runciman.
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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.  Read more...

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'Once again Sir Steven Runciman demonstrates his mastery of historical narrative ... an excellent tale, full of suspense and pathos ... He tells the story and, as always, tells it very elegantly.' Read more...

 
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