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Roger Crowley
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"For over a thousand years, Constantinople had been the center of the Western world and the defense of Christianity against Islam. Thanks to its strategic location and massive fortifications, it had withstood repeated attacks from the east. But in 1453, Mehmet II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, rallied the forces of Islam against the bastion, determined to take the city by ...more
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Oct 22, 2007 Sonanova rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, those interested in the early confrontations between Islam and the West
This book was very enjoyable, narrative, and engaging effort to explain what is perhaps one of the most facinating and famous clashes of all time. The author took efforts to make the reader understand not only the personalities of the conflict, but the atmosphere and environs in which the events took place. The result is a clear and consise history, with every effort made to remain unbaised and retain historical details, without completely sacrificing the story itself. It is certainly not a bori ...more
Juliana Es
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Much of my historical reading often refers to the fall of Constantinople in 1453, but none of it describes the battle itself in any real depth. It seemed to be an important historical turning point as the Middle Ages developed into the Renaissance, and I wanted to learn more about it.

Thanks to Roger Crowley's informative, accessible introduction to the subject, I have a much greater understanding of "the last great siege" not only in terms of its immediate historical context, but also its contin
An eminently readable and detailed account of the May 1453 Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire. I enjoyed this account and learned a lot.

Background to the conflict was presented, then the personalities of the two protagonists, Constantine XI, aged 49, and Mehmet II, a boy of 21. We are taken through the conflict, point by point. There are many quotes from accounts of that period. The Ottomans have swallowed up most of the Byzantine Empire already; but Mehmet thinks of himself as a new
Dec 29, 2008 te is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to te by: mark glazer
next spring's honor's trip is to istanbul, and i asked a turkish friend of mine what would be a good read to prep. he suggested this book. scholars generally mark the end of middle ages and byzantium by the fall of constantinople in, d'oh! 1453 by mehmet II.

geek food? i s'pose, but it's beautifully written: "driven by the word of god and divine conquest, the people of the desert constructed navies 'to wage holy war by sea'..."

and it's delightfully full of hmmmm tidbits. greek fire, for instanc
Driving into town from Istanbul airport you are confronted by a massed array of enormous ancient walls right by the highway. Which in turn always made me want to read more about Constantinople and how it became Istanbul (also the topic of a very catchy they might be giants song).

To the credit of the author he delivers in clear simple prose the answer to how the city with the mightiest fortifications in the world fell. Even more admirably he avoids drawing simplistic parallels between today's rel
Jansen Wee
A detailed historical rending of the siege of Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) in 1453, and yet one that is extremely readable. Crowley's telling of the historical event showed how culturally biased perceptions by the Orthodox Greeks and the other parts of Christendom (in this case against the Ottoman Turks), led them to commit a series of strategic errors that eventually left Constantinople diplomatically isolated. Hence, its heightened vulnerability when the new sultan, Mehmet II, ascended ...more
Like the city of Constantinople itelf, the events in this book are very complex. In his analysis of the seige, Roger Crowley skillfully follows several strings:

The Byzantines successfully defended Constantinople for centuries against repeated assaults from the Near East. When Arab forces seemed almost certain to take the city in 678, a highly-classified weapon called "Greek Fire" saved the day. Greek fire was essentially a napalm-like substance made from wet sand and surface oil found
Myke Cole
1453 covers a contentious moment in the history of the struggle between East and West. There was a lot of potential for partisan campaigning, character-slander and historical sleight-of-hand. Crowley neatly avoids these pitfalls, presenting a balanced, sympathetic portrait of the characters and the world, all while maintaining a dramatic voice befiting a fiction novelist. Gripping and educating.
This was a pretty good and fast read, and gave a very interesting and balanced picture of the two sides in the long-standing conflict between Muslim Asia and Christian Europe. The description of the state of Constantinople in 1453, a once-proud metropolis brought low by disease, corruption and schism, was particularly interesting.

That said, the most interesting chapters by far were the first and last ones, which described much longer periods of time and connected the rise of Islam and disintegr
Agree whole heartedly with the the lead for the book: "a gripping exploration of the fall of Constantinople." A wonderful and thrilling read. THE BEST BOOK I have read in a long time. Mr. Crowley brings the actors, motivations, settings and action vividly to life. You can feel the intelligence of Mehmet, the desperation of Constantine, the roar of the cannons and the sound of battle.

I learned a great deal from this book, in particular that many of the seeds of conflict between East and West, bet

ROGER CROWLEY (lahir pada 1951 di Inggris) adalah lulusan Cambridge University. Usai menuntaskan sekolah dasar dan menengah, ia menghabiskan masa musim panas di Yunani untuk membuat barang tembikar. Setamat dari universitas, anak dari keluarga angkatan laut ini hijrah ke Istanbul dan mengembangkan minat yang besar pada sejarah Turki: selama bertahun-tahun, ia bertualang ke seluruh kawasan Mediterania dan mendalami pengetahuan geografi dan masa lalu wilayah ini. Beberapa tahun tera
I read this book several months ago. I waited until I had read Runciman's work, the standard book on the siege, to review this one. This seemingly forgotten book is a surprisingly good read. Although Crowley is not a historian and has a slight Turkish apologetic slant, the narrative of the actual siege is far better than Runciman's. He still believes the old myth that Greek fire was used in 1453, and much of his narrative of the events in the Turkish camp are pure speculation, and this is where ...more
NOV. 19th, 2007: Finished the book and am now reading through all the sources and such. Sorta like extras on a good DVD. I wish I had a real work ethic. I'd turn this into an epic graphic novel and then a few years later get it turned into the most gigantic epic battle movie. It'd be like LOTR without having to tolerate those stupid elves! For all the history lovers but I think this book is written in a friendly enough voice, that it can read almost as a piece of fiction. Almost.
It's fascinating
Michael S.
Mar 10, 2009 Michael S. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historians, general readers
Recommended to Michael S. by: Borders bookstore find
Crowley's narration of the events surrounding the final days of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire makes an excellent primary case for 6 A.M. (GMT+2), May 29th, 1453 as the firm, bright, dividing line between "Classical Antiquity" and "Modern History". Part war story, part sociological analysis, 1453 is one of the infrequent mass-marketed history books that truly deserves wide circulation among lay and professional readers.

An interesting exposition of the fall of the original "Big Apple", the
Tak bisa di bayangkan sebuah negeri dengan kesempurnaannya dan ketaatan para pemeluknya yang selalu menjadi incaran para penguasa terdahulu .. entah dari satu kaki yang mampu berdiri diantara kedua benua asia dan eropa yang mampu membentuk konstantinopel menjadi sebuah negeri yang tak tertandingi bak surga yang Tuhan berikan kepada penduduk bumi kala itu.
crowley mampu menuturkannya dengan dramatis dan indah ketika byzantium tersungkur oleh kekuatan pasukan muslim turki utsmani dalam menaklukan k
Micah Martin
a clear, concise, and even-handed account of one of history's most famous sieges. crowley manages to be elegiac without dipping into speculation, and his study of Mehmed's illness and decline in the confines of the Topkapi Palace is a poignant parallel to the illusion of imperial stability cultivated by the Ottomans and other great powers throughout human history. with so many Islamophobic pundits and problematic East/West narratives floating around out there, Crowley, a scholar of integrity, is ...more
Decent background, competent but not inspired prose.

As for the history, my biggest complaint is that Crowley's sketches of the personalities involved in 1453 are sufficient for his purposes, but not robust or particularly memorable.

Now and then I can't suppress a suspicion that Crowley really sympathizes with the Ottomans and dislikes Christian Constantinople: he's choosy about which details he includes from his sources, emphasizing for instance the religious tolerance of Mehmet's army but givi
Fais Al-fatih
tutur penulisan buku ini bagus, seperti novel.. sayang penulisan buku ini banyak bersumber dari buku2 Barat yang sarat kebencian kepada Turki Utsmani... jd ada beberapa cerita yang menurut saya berlebihan, di suatu lembar penulis menggambarkan Sultah Mehmet (Muhammad al-Fatih) sangat kejam dgn membunuh secara kejam penduduk Konstantinopel yg tak ikutan perang, di satu lembar lain penulis mengatakan Sultan membebaskan penduduk utk tetap tinggal di sana, tanpa harus mengubah keyakinannya.. yang be ...more
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scorrevole, coinvolgente, estremamente ben documentato. La prosa qualche volta si incarta un poco, con periodi che si riesce a decifrare dopo alcune letture (colpa forse della traduzione); nel complesso, tuttavia, si scorre benissimo, come di tradizione nella storiografia anglosassone.

Il saggio è il resoconto di un pugno di giorni fra i più importanti della storia d'Europa, ossia quelli che ruotano intorno alla caduta di COstantinopoli (29 maggio 1453) per mano dei turchi ottomani. La prima part
Jiwa Rasa
Buku yang ditulis dari sumber yang berbagai. Ditulis dari perspektif pihak Constantine dan Kristian Ortodoks yang dikalahkan oleh Mehmet Al Fateh. Pihak Kristian tidak dapat menyembunyikan rasa hormat dan kagum atas kebijaksanaan dan kekuatan strategi tentera Muslim yang dipimpin Mehmet Al Fateh.
Lauren Albert
Nail-biting suspense. I mean, obviously you know how the story will end, but Crowley makes it all so vivid that you can feel the tension build in the city over the course of the siege.
Buku yang menceritakan penaklukan Konstantinopel dengan pandangan yang objektif tanpa "MENGKULTUSKAN" maupun "MERENDAHKAN" tokoh-tokoh yang terlibat di dalamnya.
Jul 29, 2011 Steve rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "300" and/ or "The Alamo."
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Excellent, but also heartbreakingly sad. Great summer reading, and popular history at its best. I'll add some more thoughts on this sometime this weekend.
Gripping and somewhat depressing account of the fall of Constantinople and the end of the Roman Empire. Crowley scours the original sources and tells the story in a narrative fashion that makes it easy to read and entertaining. Crowley dealt with both sides of the conflict in (what I considered to be) an even-handed manner, and while I was certainly sympathetic to the Byzantines, I didn't feel that Crowley did any demonizing of Mehmet or his army.

Well worth a read for fans of medieval history, o
A breezy and engaging account of the final struggle over Constantinople. It would be easy to get bogged down in setting the context for the siege - the history of a city over 1,000 years old, the rise of the Ottomans, the goals and rivalries of the Italian republics Venice and Genoa. But Crowley keeps his eye on the ball and gives us just enough background to support the story of the siege. More impressively, his account of the bombardments, assaults, tactics, and desperate counter-measures sust ...more
Riyadh Pnl
Buku yang ditulis penuh dengan kesinisan. Kesan awal memang sepertinya akan membuat Umat Islam bangga dengan buku ini, ternyata isinya sangat berbau orientalisme. Sangat berbahaya dibaca oleh kaum muda Islam. Buku ini bercerita seakan-akan dunia dengan peradaban yang cantik akan hancur seiring datangnya Islam. Padahal sejarah membuktikan bagaimanapun juga suatu akan perabadan runtuh. Peradaban Konstatinopel tidaklah semerta-merta menjadi hancur setelah direbut Muslim malah terpelihara dengan bai ...more
Manish Katyal
Starting from 629, with Mohammed, the Byzantine Emperors received letters of the form - surrender to us, embrace Islam or else... Letters were followed by waves of attacks. Constantinople held out till 1453, when it was finally conquered by Mehmet and the 'all else' was brutally illustrated - rape, murder, slavery, etc.

An interesting example of how Islam spread by the sword -> Dar al-Islam (House of Islam) vs. Dar al-Harb (the House of War).
Well, I finally finished it. And it was . . . I can't call it a bad book, because it did all the things a history book is supposed to do. Crowley wrote with great competency and authority on the subject, and I really did enjoy parts of the book. The problem is, there isn't enough context and background given about the Crusades in general, and neither Christianity nor Islam is explored in any kind of depth, despite the differences in the religions being the driving force behind the Crusades.

I als
In 1453 the city of Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks. Today, this event and this year are taken to mark the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern era and of the Renaissance. Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire, the Eastern heirs of the Roman Empire, and had been for 1000 years. The city's fall to the Turks was taken as a cataclysm throughout Europe, and escalated the clash between Islam and the Christian West to a level it had not seen since the Crusad ...more
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Roger Crowley was born in 1951 and spent part of his childhood in Malta. He read English at Cambridge University and taught English in Istanbul, where he developed a strong interest in the history of Turkey. He has traveled widely throughout the Mediterranean basin over many years and has a wide-ranging knowledge of its history and culture. He lives in Gloucestershire, England.
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