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BBC’s Chronicle – The Fall of Constantinople

Apologies for the repeat but I did not want you to think that I had forgotten this historic day. This video is well worth watching again, or even for the first time :-)…. Here is a little gem and a … Continue reading

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Ancient Byzantine wall damaged to make hotel

The walls of an ancient palace from the Byzantine era in Sultanahmet have been demolished to make way for a new five-story hotel, prompting anger from scholars. By Ömer Erbil. First published in Hurriyet “The buildings [in question] in Sultanahmet, … Continue reading

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Turkey: epic movie highlights Ottoman conquest

This is bound to cause more controversy! From The Boston Globe Turkey is on a roll these days, uplifted by economic growth and regional diplomacy. Now comes a film to boost the feel-good mood, an epic about the 15th century … Continue reading

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Dr Thomas Asbridge and The Crusades on BBC 2

One of the most popular articles on the blog has always been a book review by Malaise Ruthven of Thomas Asbridge’s book about the Crusades – The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land. Tonight on BBC 2 we have … Continue reading

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Bulgaria to Host 22nd World Byzantine Studies Congress

From Novinite.com Bulgaria’s capital Sofia will welcome more than 1 000 scholars from around the world for the 22nd International Byzantine Studies Congress in August 2011. The congress also known as “Byzantium without Borders” will be hosted by the Sofia … Continue reading

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A new evaluation of Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire

An interesting article written from a Turkish perspective. First published in Today’s Zaman by GÖKNUR AKÇADAĞ All research dealing with contemporary mindsets has to hark back to past states and civilizations. It is not possible while following this methodology to … 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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