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BBC’s Chronicle – The Fall of Constantinople

Here is a little gem and a blast from the past. John Julius Norwich (who wrote the excellent and accessible trilogy on the history of Byzantium) tells the dramatic story of the fall of Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire, followed … Continue reading

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Days that live in Infamy: The Fall of Constantinople

Faced with the certainty of death it is said that experienced soldiers are ready to make that last leap into the fray, knowing that they have only one fate. A man schooled in princely duties such as Constantine XI Dragases … Continue reading

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BBC’s Chronicle – The Fall of Constantinople

Here is a little gem and a blast from the past. John Julius Norwich (who wrote the excellent and accessible trilogy on the history of Byzantium) tells the dramatic story of the fall of Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire, followed … Continue reading

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From Byzantine Constantinople to Ottoman Konstantiniyye: Creation of a Cosmopolitan Capital and Visual Culture under Sultan Mehmed II

An article from Harvard University by Gulru Necipoglu Introduction: The conquest of Constantinople engendered Mehmed II’s lifelong ambition to revive the ruinous city’s ancient status as the prosperous capital of a world empire. This essay interprets the sultan’s negotiation of … Continue reading

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Rome: the decline and fall of the eastern empire

This is actually a pretty good potted history of the Byzantine Empire. First published in Forth Magazine Fri 11 Jun, 2010. By Chris Gray. ‘PEOPLE MAKE their own history, but they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, … Continue reading

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“Better Turks than Latins!” – The Aftermath and the New City

So the end of the Roman Empire and of its Emperors had come at last. The Roman Empire of the East, which we now call Byzantium had lasted (if you start at the founding of Constantinople) for one thousand, one … Continue reading

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The Final Hours and Last Eucharist

A very busy time at work of late has mean that I have not been able to keep up with the blog as well as I would have liked. To cap it all I go away just as the siege … Continue reading

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The Siege Update – Moving the Navy by Road

We need to catch up a little on the siege which has been running for over six weeks now and, as we know, is soon to reach its bloody climax.    After the defeat of Baltoglu and his fleet by … Continue reading

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The Siege of Constantinople One Month On

The siege of Constantinople has now been in place for just over one month. We left the story when we discussed the development of the Sultan’s artillery under the Hungarian, Urban (which would prove crucial to the final Fall of … Continue reading

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The Siege: One of History’s Most Important Recruitment Decisions

The siege has been running in full force for over a week now. Ottoman troops began to take up their positions along the walls during the first week of April. The Sultan himself erected his tent north of the civil … Continue reading

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The Siege of Constantinople Has Begun!

I have decided to revise and update the series I wrote last year about the siege. It had some good feedback and I think that I can add something more this time around. In the years before 1453 the Turks had gradually … Continue reading

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Mizar & Harmosini hor – Konstantinopol (2010)

Interesting … Similar to Yugo-nostalgia, the nostalgia for the common Byzantine past can sometimes transcend some of the barriers erected through modern nationalism and racism in the Balkans. Mizar, a cult rock band that uses Macedonian traditional music and Orthodox … Continue reading

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Weather Eye: explaining bizarre events in the Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine Empire lasted for more than a thousand years, but in 1453 the capital, Constantinople, was under siege from the Ottoman Turks. The inhabitants believed that their city would fall only when the Moon gave a sign — and … Continue reading

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“Better Turks than Latins!” – The Aftermath and the New City

Mehmet had now achieved the goal that for centuries had been the sacred duty of the faithful to capture the Christian capital. Born during a plague that had killed two of his brothers, he was the third son of a … Continue reading

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The Fall of Constantinople 29 May 1453

Having said his farewells and taken the sacrament I would like to think that Constantine was at peace. He had done all he could and fought bravely with this soldiers and allies. He must have realised on that warm May … Continue reading

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