Constantinople : The Last Great Siege, 1453
by Roger Crowley
Editor: FABER & FABER
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In the spring of 1453, the Ottoman Turks advanced on Constantinople in the pursuit of an ancient Islamic: the dream of capturing the thousand years of the ancient capital of Christian Byzantium.During the siege which followed, a small band of poorly organized defenders, in numerical inferiority ten to one, confronted with the power of the Ottoman army in a bitter contest fought on land, sea and metro, and led by two remarkable men – Sultan Mehmet II and Emperor Constantine XIIn the feverish atmosphere of the religious atmosphere, reinforced by the first massed use of artillery bombardment, on both sides to fear that the end of the world was approaching.The result of the state of siege, decided, in a few hours, on 29 May 1453, is one of the great game of world history moments
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