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 by Roger Crowley 1401308503 9781401308506
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For over a thousand years, Constantinople had been the center of the Western world and the defense of Christianity against Islam. But in 1453, Mehmet II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, rallied the forces of Islam, determined to take the city by siege. Armed with new weaponry, 80,000 Muslims in April 1453 began their strike against a mere 8,000 Christian troops led by Constantine XI, the 57th emperor of Byzantium. After weeks of constant bombardment, the city fell and the world changed, marking the end of Byzantium and the end of the medieval world. Impeccably researched, 1453 is a vivid, intense tale of courage and cruelty, of technological ingenuity, endurance, and luck. But it is also the story of this moment and the crucial link it provides in the chain of events that connects the historic confrontations of the Mideast to the modern world. Book jacket.

Author: Roger Crowley

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 328

Publisher: Hachette Books

Publication Date: 2006-08-15


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