The Siege and the Fall of Constantinople in 1453: Historiography, Topography, and Military Studies
A major study and an essential reference work, this book presents a critical evaluation of the sources on the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. In Part I: The Pen, drawing upon manuscript and printed sources, and looking at the contrasting interpretations in secondary works, the authors reassess the written evidence concerning the event. In Part II, The Sword, the investigation results in new conclusions concerning the layout of the Theodosian Walls, the offensive and defensive strategies of the Byzantines and Turks, including land and sea operations, and an analysis of some of the major engagements.
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Borrowed a copy from Rutgers for my vacation and knew after one day I had to own a copy. This research book reads like a novel, but not a light read, answering questions surrounding what happened before, during and after the siege. The writers dismiss myths and legends with grounded primary sources in their original language and English translations. Spending years walking Istanbul, the authors offer diagrams of the walls along the old city of Constantinople, and with their own photos from Istanbul you can correlate properly. Having spent the better part of three years doing research on the fall of Constantinople and never having my questions answered by "scholars", this book was my salvation. The authors hope their book will encourage more research and so do I. Thank you for this well written and historically accurate masterpiece. ...
A Ghost a Pope a Merchant and a Boy
Sphrantzes and PseudoSphrantzes
PART TWO THE SWORD
Prelude to the Siege of 1453
A Castle and a Bombard
Some Observations on Strategy
Ephemeris of the Siege
Texts on the Execution of Loukas Notaras
Some Defenders and NonCombatants
The Main Targets