La Caida de Constantinopla – Steven Runciman – Ebook download as ePub . epub), Text File .txt) or read book online. La caída de Constantinopla. Front Cover. Steven Runciman. Espasa-Calpe, – Bibliographic information. QR code for La caída de Constantinopla . La caída de Constantinopla, (SIN ASIGNAR) History ‘Once again Sir Steven Runciman demonstrates his mastery of historical narrative an excellent tale.

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He does not, like many historians, feel that a dry recitation of ,a facts alone is enough. A map of Constantinople and a pictorial depiction of the disposition of caica during the siege provides some detail for context. Bury, becoming, as Runciman later commented, “his first, and only, student. In fact, those chapters read like something out of a Holloywood movie.

The reverberation was heard for a hundred stadia, and the ball hurtled itself in the air for a mile, then buried itself 6 ft deep in the earth. Eclipses anything else I’ve read on the subject. It’s a pretty good book, but probably a little difficult for anyone not already reasonably versed in the Byzantine Empire. But if you have a passing familiarity with the context and want to read an awesome book about political drama, treason and betrayal, naval battles, desperate sieges, huge walls, Greek fire, and lb cannon balls, give this book a shot.

Runciman believed in the art of turning history into readable narrative–something he does with remarkable skill–and the result is a book that is powerful and engrossing, but which, by necessity, must elide, simplify, and generally stick to a single narrative perspective. May 12, Dominika rated daida did not like it. Il rigore storico va a braccetto con la narrazione avvincente, quasi un romanzo, o meglio il racconto di una “storia”. To the Greeks, the conquest meant the end of the civilisation of Byzantium, and led to the exodus of scholars stimulating the tremendous expansion of Greek studies in the European Renaissance.


Its inhabitants came under the yoke of Islam while thousands who could afford to, fled to the West, bringing valuable knowledge which hastened the flowering of the Italian Renaissance. I enjoyed the book for the amount of detail: The book was written in a dramatic way; with a great analisys, but not enough maps and diagrams.

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On page 58 there is a rather long and unusual description of the Sultan’s physical features: I have always had a fascination for this part of European history and constwntinopla knowledge was severely limited and impeded by the complexity of Byzantium as well as of Europe that was in sorry disarray itself.

The city’s plight had been neglected, and negligible help was sent in this crisis. Felipe rated it did not like it Nov 17, Although Constantinople had been under constant pressure from Muslim incursions for over seven centuries, its fall came as a bitter shock to the West.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There is evidence of a longer war between Mediterranean neighbors, religion just makes it sexier.

La caída de Constantinopla 1453

It may even mark the tussle and conflicts between Islam and Christianity, runcimn continues to this day. It continues with a description of the weaknesses that prevented the west from providing efficacious help to Constantinople. Constantinople was in a steady decline since Christian crusaders s This is an often harrowing account of the bitter end of the Byzantine empire, that eastward extension of the Roman Imperium.

History ‘Once again Sir Steven Runciman demonstrates his mastery of historical narrative an excellent tale, full of suspense and pathos He tells the story and, as always, tells it very elegantly.

The Turks come out of this book pretty barbaric, it should be born in mind that this was an era where witches and heretics were burning on the stake, so while we admire the roman heroism, try not to let cultural prejudices cloud our eyes.


Mehmed II was a renaissance badass who spoke a half dozen languages, loved science and poetry constxntinopla was still sufficiently despotic to impale all his enemies when so peeved. Return to Book Page.

The Fall of Constantinople 1453

That so much information could be conveyed in so few pages with such brilliant flair is testament to his reputation. But, my conclusion t A brilliant piece of history.

He acceded to the Ottoman throne at the age of 19 inand immediately made preparations to capture Constantinople. A bit dry, as historians of Runciman’s era tend to be, but not nearly as dry as those who came before.

The writing is pretty solid, but one annoying tick is Runciman’s dearth of commas, which more than once led me to start a sentence, get completely confused, only to clear the fog with a strategically placed comma. Refresh and try again. Two hundred pages of intricate diplomacy, battle, and fallout only to conclude that wasn’t really important in the grand scheme.

Most of them provided their own arms. Alas, this episode has not yet been redeemed by a resurrection — not yet. Once under his thumb, he did try his best to bring semblance of peace and order within his empire by allowing Christians constantinoplla maintain their identity to some extent.

Mohammed was a modernizer, and an early adopter of cannon in warfare. First published inthis is by no means the latest re-telling of this event, but its ability to stand the test of time certainly reinforces that it is one of, if not outright, the best. In he entered Trinity College, Cambridge as a history scholar and studied under J.