Cross & Crescent in the Balkans: The Ottoman Conquest of Southeastern Europe (14th - 15th centuries)

October 31, 2020
Cross & Crescent in the Balkans: The Ottoman Conquest of Southeastern Europe (14th - 15th centuries)

This is NOT just another retelling of the Fall ofConstantinople, though it does include a very fine account of thatmomentous event. It is the history of a quite extraordinarycentury, one which began when a tiny of force of Ottoman Turkishwarriors was invited by the Christian Byzantine Emperor to crossthe Dardanelles from Asia into Europe to assist him in one of thecivil wars which were tearing the fast-declining Byzantine Empireapart.One hundred and eight years later the Byzantine capital ofConstantinople fell to what was by then a hugely powerful andexpanding empire of the Islamic Ottoman Turks, whose rulers came tosee themselves as the natural and legitimate heirs of theirByzantine and indeed Roman predecessors. The book sets the scene,explains the background and tells the story, both military,political, cultural and personal, of the winners and the losers,plus those 'outsiders' who were increasingly being drawn into thedramatic story of the rise of the Ottoman Empire.