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The Siege and the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 Hardcover – 1 Apr 2011

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Marios Philippides is Chair and Senior Professor of Classics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA and Walter K. Hanak is Professor of History, Emeritus, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA.

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Formidable Research 4 Sep 2011
By Bookaholic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Borrowed a copy from Rutgers for my vacation and knew after one day I had to own a copy. This research book reads like a novel, but not a light read, answering questions surrounding what happened before, during and after the siege. The writers dismiss myths and legends with grounded primary sources in their original language and English translations. Spending years walking Istanbul the authors offer diagrams of the walls along the old city of Constantinople and with their own photos from Istanbul, you can correlate properly.
Having spent the better part of three years doing research on the fall of Constantinople and never having my questions answered by "scholars", this book was my salvation. The authors hope their book will encourage more research and so do I. Thank you for this well written and historically accurate masterpiece.
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Brilliant research, well written 16 Jun 2014
By Manfred Arcane - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the last word on the siege and fall of Constantinople in 1453, Brilliantly researched and very well written given that it is a scholarly work. Despite the lengthy quotes in Greek, Latin and Slavonic, it is a highly readable and even compelling read of one of the great events in history.

I finally bit the bullet and got my own copy for the (slightly reduced) price of $130, probably the most I have ever paid for any book but I have found it worthwhile if for no other reason than for him illuminating such figures as Cardinal Isidore, Leonardo of Chios, Giustiniani, and of course Emperor Constantine XI Dragas Paleologos and so many others.
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