1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West
Now in trade paperback, a gripping exploration of the fall of Constantinople and its connection to the world we live in today
The fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in history, and the end of the Byzantium Empire. Roger Crowley's readable and comprehensive account of the battle between Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Constantine XI, the 57th emperor of Byzantium, illuminates the period in history that was a precursor to the current jihad between the West and the Middle East.
Prologue: The Red Apple
Chapter 1. The Burning Sea 629–717
Chapter 2. Dreaming of Istanbul 1071–1422
Chapter 3. Sultan and Emperor 1432–1451
Chapter 4. Cutting the Throat FEBRUARY 1451-NOVEMBER 1452
Chapter 5. The Dark Church NOVEMBER 1452–FEBRUARY 1453
Chapter 6. The Wall and the Gun NOVEMBER JANUARY–FEBRUARY 1453
Chapter 7. Numerous as the Stars MARCH–APRIL 1453
Chapter 8. The Awful Resurrection Blast APRIL 6–19, 1453
Chapter 9. A Wind from God APRIL 1–20, 1453
Chapter 10. Spirals of Blood APRIL 20–28, 1453
Chapter 11. Terrible Engines APRIL 25–MAY 28, 1453
Chapter 12. Omens and Portents MAY 24–26 1453
Chapter 13. “Remember the Date” MAY 27–28, 1453
Chapter 14. The Locked Gates 1:30 A.M., MAY 29, 1453
Chapter 15. A Handful of Dust 6 A.M., MAY 29, 1453
Chapter 16. The Present Terror of the World 1453–1683
Epilogue: Resting Places
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