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The Siege and the Fall of Constantinople in 1453
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 816

The Siege and the Fall of Constantinople in 1453

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-05-02
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  • Publisher: Routledge

This major study is a comprehensive scholarly work on a key moment in the history of Europe, the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. The result of years of research, it presents all available sources along with critical evaluations of these narratives. The authors have consulted texts in all relevant languages, both those that remain only in manuscript and others that have been printed, often in careless and inferior editions. Attention is also given to 'folk history' as it evolved over centuries, producing prominent myths and folktales in Greek, medieval Russian, Italian, and Turkish folklore. Part I, The Pen, addresses the complex questions introduced by this myriad of original literature and secondary sources.

Longus
  • Language: en

Longus

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1978
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Cardinal Isidore (c.1390–1462)
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 422

Cardinal Isidore (c.1390–1462)

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-04-09
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  • Publisher: Routledge

A member of the imperial Palaiologan family, albeit most probably illegitimate, Isidore became a scholar at a young age and began his rise in the Byzantine ecclesiastical ranks. He was an active advocate of the union of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches in Constantinople. His military exploits, including his participation in the defence of Constantinople in 1453, provide us with eyewitness accounts. Without doubt he travelled widely, perhaps more so than any other individual in the annals of Byzantine history: Greece, Asia Minor, Sicily, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, and Italy. His roles included diplomat, high ecclesiastic in both the Orthodox and Catholic churches, theologian, soldier, papal...

Constantine XI Dragas Palaeologus (1404-1453)
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 520

Constantine XI Dragas Palaeologus (1404-1453)

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-09-07
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Constantine XI¿s last moments in life, as he stood before the walls of Constantinople in 1453, have bestowed a heroic status on him. This book produces a more balanced portrait of an intriguing individual: the last emperor of Constantinople. To be sure, the last of the Greek Caesars was a fascinating figure, not so much because he was a great statesman, as he was not, and not because of his military prowess, as he was neither a notable tactician nor a soldier of exceptional merit. This monarch may have formulated grandiose plans but his hopes and ambitions were ultimately doomed, because he failed to inspire his own subjects, who did not rally to his cause. Constantine lacked the skills to create, restore, or maintain harmony in his troubled realm. In addition, he was ineffective on the diplomatic front, as he proved unable to stimulate Latin Christendom to mount an expedition and come to the aid of south-eastern Orthodox Europe. Yet in sharp contrast to his numerous shortcomings, his military defeats, and the various disappointments during his reign, posterity still fondly remembers the last Constantine.

Constantine Eleventh Dragas Palaeologus
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 600
Hospitaller Piety and Crusader Propaganda
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 400

Hospitaller Piety and Crusader Propaganda

Guilelmus Caoursin, Vice-chancellor of the Order of the Hospital, wrote the Obsidionis Rhodiae urbis descriptio (Description of the Siege of Rhodes) in 1480. It was the first authorized print account of the Order’s activities, and became one of the best sellers of the 15th century. With introductory chapters by Theresa Vann, this book is the first modern Latin edition with an English translation of the Descriptio. Two other eyewitness accounts: Pierre D’Aubusson’s Relatio obsidionis Rhodie and Jacomo Curte’s De urbis Rhodiae obsidione a. 1480 a Turcis tentata, also appear in modern Latin edition and English translation, as does John Kay’s Description of the Siege of Rhodes and an English translation of Ademar Dupuis’ Le siège de Rhodes.

The Oxford History of Historical Writing
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 752

The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Offers essays by leading scholars on the writing of history globally during the early modern era, from c.1400 to c.1800.

Isabella
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 544

Isabella

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-10-28
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  • Publisher: Anchor

An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history Born at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman Empire was aggressively expanding, Isabella was inspired in her youth by tales of Joan of Arc, a devout young woman who unified her people and led them to victory against foreign invaders. In 1474, when most women were almost powerless, twenty-three-year-old Isabella defied a hostile brother and a mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León. Her subsequent fea...

Byzantium, Europe, and the Early Ottoman Sultans, 1373-1513
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 229
Mehmed II the Conqueror and the Fall of the Franco-Byzantine Levant to the Ottoman Turks
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 430