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Following the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Byzantium fought for survival for eight centuries until, by the mid-15th century, the emperor Constantine XI ruled a tiny handful of territories, an empire in name and tradition only. However, he had a powerful defensive weapon in the form of his capital Constantinople, protected by an impregnable wall system. For the Turks in 1453, Constantinople was a fruit ripe for the picking, the conquest of which had been a dream of Islamic armies for many centuries. Despite leading 80,000 men and a massive siege train against the city, Mehmet 'The Conqueror' had to besiege Constantinople for four months before the venerable city finally fell. This beautifully illustrated book chronicles the history of Byzantium, the evolution of the defences of Constantinople and the epic siege up to the breaching of the great walls, which heralded the birth of the Ottoman Empire in its fully developed form. This book contains previously published material from:Essential Histories 33: Byzantium at War, Campaign 78: Constantinople 1453, Fortress 25: The Walls of Constantinople. Also contains artwork from Men-at-Arms 140, 287, 89, and New Vanguard 69.
David Nicolle worked in the BBC's Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare. John Haldon is Professor of History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University. He has published many books and articles, including Byzantium in the Seventh Century (Cambridge, 1997), Warfare, State and Society in the Byzantine World (London, 1999) and Byzantium: A History (Stroud, 2000). Stephen Turnbull is recognised as one of the world's foremost military historians of the medieval and early modern periods. He specialises in the less familiar areas of military history, in particular such topics as Korea, Eastern Europe, the Baltic states and the Teutonic Knights.
Introduction; Chronology; Part 1: The history of Byzantium; Part 2: The defences of Constantinople; Part 3: The siege of Constantinople 1453; Appendix: Constantinople today; Glossary; Bibliography; Index