1453: Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West
Students of church history will appreciate this lively and historically accurate account of the siege and fall of Constantinople by Islamic forces that were under the command of Sultan Mehmet II. The fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 was a truly significant event, for it marked the end of not only Byzantium, but also the medieval world. The text reads like an engaging novel, and provides a detailed analysis of each phase of this historic clash between the Eastern and Western worlds. Readers will also gain a better understanding of how ancient battles such as this still influence the culture, religious loyalties, and politics of the Middle East today. 290 pgs, pb. ~ Mike
Now in trade paperback, a gripping exploration of the fall of Constantinople and its connection to the world we live in todayThe fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in history, and the end of the Byzantium Empire. Roger Crowley's readable and comprehensive account of the battle between Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Constantine XI, the 57th emperor of Byzantium, illuminates the period in history that was a precursor to the current jihad between the West and the Middle East.