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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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Conquest Legitimised: The Making of a Byzantine Emperor in Crusader Constantinople 1204-1261

On 13th April 1204 Constantinople fell to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade. Five men had tried to rule over Constantinople over the previous twelve months; two were dead and three had fled. As the senior crusaders entered the city, its … Continue reading

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Mosaic Hunting – Aquileia, Grado, and Concordia

It might be tempting to say that after our trip to Northern Italy to visit all the major Byzantines sites, and to view the mosaics, that we may be suffering from ‘mosaic fatigue’ or even worse ‘Mosaic Neck’ after standing … Continue reading

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Mosaic Hunting in Northern Italy

We have just made our final arrangements to go on a holiday to northern Italy to seek out the Byzantine treasures of Aquileia, Venice, and Ravenna. I am looking forward to relaxing and exploring the sights despite the weakness of … 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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The Final Hours and Last Eucharist

We come now to the last hours of Byzantium. The defenders were weary after defending the city since April 5th. The Emperor’s hope lay with a relief fleet from Venice, but this had failed to appear. On 3 May a … Continue reading

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