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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Runciman Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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Few events have riveted the imagination or wrung the heart as did the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. With its passage into the hands of the Ottoman Empire, European history entered a new era and Byzantine Civilization disappeared forever. Although Constantinople had been under constant pressure from Muslim incursions for over seven centuries, its fall came as a bitter shock to the West.

Neglected and mistrusted by Catholic Europe, and absorbed in its own problems, help was too little and too late in coming.When the young Mehmet II became Sultan of the Ottoman Turks in 1451, few expected this quiet young man to be rash enough to disturb the simmering peace which his father had maintained with the Greeks for decades. They were soon to learn otherwise. Though the city was bravely defended by 7,000 soldiers, the odds were hopeless and the outcome increasingly clear to the beleaguered Emperor Constantine XI, who courageously joined the last of the desperate fighting...never to be seen again.

Though Constantinople was gloriously resurrected and had a population 10 times greater within 30 years, its magnificent Byzantine Civilization was over. Its inhabitants came under the yoke of Islam while thousands who could afford to, fled to the West, bringing valuable knowledge which hastened the flowering of the Italian Renaissance. Listen as one of the most poignant stories in European history unfolds.Listeners are encouraged to go online to Wikipedia for maps of the conflict in order to get a grasp of place names. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/14/2014

    " Historical account of the Islamic invasion of the last remaining Christian city of the old Byzantine Empire, really the Christian Roman Empire that ruled until the rise of Islamic swords. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 2/4/2014

    " While their victory ensured the Turks' survival, the conquest of Constantinople marked the end of Byzantine civilization for the Greeks, by triggering the scholarly exodus that caused an influx of Classical studies into the European Renaissance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 2/4/2014

    " The best single volume on the fall of the Roman Empire to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 1/19/2014

    " This history on the Fall of Constantinople had a very slow start, mainly because I was not familiar with all the names and places leading up to the main story line. Once the pre-fall history was established and the actual details of the fall of the city were underway, the book was riveting. It always amazes me what life, ware, and politics were like centuries before us. Were it not for the slow start, I would have given it 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eugenio Tena | 1/17/2014

    " Good description of the fall of Constantinople, no more no less "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 1/16/2014

    " I had to read this for an undergraduate history class in college and loved it. The section that describes what happened to the occupants of the city after the fall is very hard to get through, especially if you're a parent, but this is top quality history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luciticrea | 12/25/2013

    " everything a history lover would want to know about this "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Christensen | 11/9/2013

    " A little light for my taste overall, though there are some important revelations. Descriptions of the actual "fall", leaving the door ajar, were wonderful. Runciman is top shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Churbuck | 10/9/2013

    " Excellent and lucid account of the fall of the longest-lived empire in the history of civilization by the master of medieval history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 9/3/2013

    " Eclipses anything else I've read on the subject. Beautifully written account of fall of (what was left of) Byzantium, despite gallant defense by Greeks, Italians (and a lone Scot). Heartbreaking. Excellent preface, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, with some interesting plates and drawings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Alonso vargas | 8/15/2013

    " Se lee estupendamente, como si fuese una novela pero con el rigor de Runciman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesco | 11/18/2012

    " The classic and still definitive study of the fall of Constantinople. Informative and accurate, but, since it is from 1965, a little dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Wallace | 10/18/2012

    " Colossal! Did you think that all those scenes of Helm's Deep and the Pelennor Fields were original? This is the story of the most intersting and consequential battles in history. Read and be blown away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 grey1066 | 5/30/2012

    " A bit dated at this point, but Runciman is kind of the authority on Byzantium and this is excellent foundational reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George de Armas | 2/25/2012

    " This was my introduction to the fall of Constantinople. Dry and competent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Odran Doran | 9/26/2011

    " A book that manages to be both an intelligent historical work and a deeply moving tragedy with all the artistic grace of a landmark novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 5/31/2011

    " Scholarly look at the fall of Constantinople. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jpp | 4/25/2011

    " Un recit haletant de la fin heroique de l Empire qui resista mille ans en depit de l'abandon - toujours- et de la trahison - souvent des grandes puissances europeennes de l epoque... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marfy | 2/21/2011

    " What is it about hopeless causes that can be so engrossing? Even tho the outcome was obvious, I found myself following the story to its bitter end, and admiring the participants on both sides of the conflict, and also despairing of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samuel | 11/22/2010

    " I expected more from Runciman. This book IS filled to the brim with detail, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 9/7/2009

    " It was obvious how this was going to end. Runciman did an excellent job explaining how Europe let Constantinople fall to Mehmet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 2/25/2009

    " Colossal! Did you think that all those scenes of Helm's Deep and the Pelennor Fields were original? This is the story of the most intersting and consequential battles in history. Read and be blown away! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 7/24/2008

    " The best single volume on the fall of the Roman Empire to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 6/29/2008

    " A little light for my taste overall, though there are some important revelations. Descriptions of the actual "fall", leaving the door ajar, were wonderful. Runciman is top shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 4/30/2008

    " Scholarly look at the fall of Constantinople. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 4/7/2008

    " Historical account of the Islamic invasion of the last remaining Christian city of the old Byzantine Empire, really the Christian Roman Empire that ruled until the rise of Islamic swords. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ned | 3/28/2008

    " yep, great!
    This is the best of four 'classic' tales that I have read of the last days of Constantinople. Historical, rigorous, lifelike in its vividness of people and situations 555 years ago. "

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