Post-classical history

1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

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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