Essay on The Destruction Of Constantinople Finally Happened

1047 Words Nov 26th, 2015 5 Pages
The destruction of Constantinople finally happened in 1453 (p. 293). The Ottoman Empire rained cannonballs on the city and brought its walls down. On the last Monday of May in the same year, people began to gather the Hagia Sophia. A sermon was given in both Latin and Greek; the divisions that had separated the two churches of the East and West forgotten. But it was to no avail. In the end, Ottoman flags were hoisted up to celebrate their victory. At last the wheel comes full circle, from the founder of Byzantium, Constantine, to the final emperor, who was, fittingly enough, also named Constantine (p. 298; 299). The argument the author makes is very hard to refute with the amount of evidence he offers; one would find it difficult not to be nodding along. Lars Brownworth presents his evidence clearly, and backs them with numerous primary sources such as Procopius’ The Secret History on Justinian’s reign (p. 306). His logic goes very well with the facts of the Byzantine Empire’s history and he combines it in such a way as to persuade one to see his point of view. The organization used by the author in this book was fairly brilliant. He sensibly chose to tell the history of the Byzantine empire chronologically. There are a few instances in which some people are referred to after they have passed, but all such characters were ones whose impact on the empire were so monumental that they would not have been forgotten so quickly. Examples of such can be found on page 171 and 172,…

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