Today in European history: the Siege of Constantinople begins (maybe, 717) and ends (718)

Before it fell for good to the Ottomans in 1453, the city of Constantinople withstood something like a dozen sieges by foreign armies over its long history. The one successful siege, by the soldiers of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, was of course eventually rolled back when the Latin Empire went defunct in 1261. But… Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Constantinople begins (maybe, 717) and ends (718)

Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

The Ottoman Empire was not the first Islamic power to threaten the Byzantine Empire, and in fact the empire was by this point in 1453 a hollowed out husk of its former glory. The Arab caliphates tried several times to besiege the city but never succeeded in taking it. But the Ottomans were the last Islamic… Continue reading Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

Today in European history: the Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople (1204)

The Fourth Crusade, as I’ve occasionally hinted at, is for me, in many ways, the Crusadiest of all the Crusades. Sure, the First Crusade actually achieved its goal, which you can’t really say about any of the others in any serious sense, and other Crusades produced quintessential Crusading figures like Richard the Lionheart and Saint… Continue reading Today in European history: the Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople (1204)

Today in European history: the Siege of Constantinople begins (maybe, 717) and ends (718)

Before it fell for good to the Ottomans in 1453, the city of Constantinople withstood something like a dozen sieges by foreign armies over its long history. The one successful siege, by the soldiers of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, was of course eventually rolled back when the Latin Empire went defunct in 1261. But… Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Constantinople begins (maybe, 717) and ends (718)

Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

The Ottomans were not the first Islamic power to threaten the Byzantine Empire, and in fact the empire was by this point in 1453 a hollowed out husk of its former glory. Successive waves of Turkish and Mongol invasions had taken almost all of Anatolia out of Byzantine control, and the Ottomans had by this point… Continue reading Today in European history: the Fall of Constantinople (1453)

Today in European history: the Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople (1204)

The Fourth Crusade, as I’ve occasionally hinted at, is for me, in many ways, the Crusadiest of all the Crusades. Sure, the First Crusade actually achieved its goal, which you can’t really say about any of the others in any serious sense, and other Crusades produced quintessential Crusading figures like Richard the Lionheart and Saint… Continue reading Today in European history: the Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople (1204)

Today in European history: the Siege of Constantinople begins (maybe, 717) and ends (718)

Before it fell for good to the Ottomans in 1453, the city of Constantinople withstood something like a dozen sieges by foreign armies over its long history. The one successful siege, by the soldiers of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, was of course eventually rolled back when the Latin Empire went defunct in 1261. But… Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Constantinople begins (maybe, 717) and ends (718)