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Constantinople 1453 : the end of Byzantium

By: Nicolle, Dr David Hook, Christa(Illustrated by)

Part of the Campaign series
1841760919 / 9781841760919
Paperback
25/11/2000
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United Kingdom
25 cm 96p. : ill. (some col.), facsims., maps (chiefly col.)
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This title details the epic four-month siege of the city of Constantinople, last vestige of the once mighty Roman and Byzantine Empires.

Mehmet 'The Conqueror' led an army of 80,000 men with a massive siege train against the city.

Defending were a mere 10,000 men under the Emperor Constantine XI.

The Turkish artillery battered the ancient city walls mercilessly, levelling a large section.

A gallant defence held off the massive Turkish assault for several hours.

Refusing appeals to flee, Constantine returned to the breaches and fought until overwhelmed and killed.

Thus died the last Emperor of the Byzantines, and with him his once glorious empire.

BIC:

1DVT Turkey, 1QDAZ Byzantine Empire, HBJD European history, HBLC Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, JWLF Battles & campaigns

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