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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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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