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1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2005

    Another failed war against Islam

    I read 1453 immediately after I finished reading 1421, a novel that documents the discovery of America by Chinese sailors. 1453 is a wonderful and timely work that comes out at a time when the world is again faced with another period of religious zealotry fomented by the descendants of Puritans and Hester Prynne of Scarlet Letter fame. No matter how many wannabe world conquerors we have endured in history, there is always another ready in the wings. I think the most damning part of the book is reserved for the Catholic Church and its fixation on Papal infallibility and authority. The two arrogant quotes from Popes Nicolas 1 and Gregory VII are amazing. Had the Catholic Church sent more troops to Constantinople on time, the result of the battle would have been different, and Mehmet would not have carried the day. Jesus would be shocked at the arrogance of the popes who sometimes believe they are God. Now I understand the deep seated dislike of Muslims for Christians and Christians for Muslims much better. I would rather love all men as Jesus said to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    My favorite history book

    1453 is an extremely well-written account of the finals days of perhaps the most overlooked and interesting empire that ever existed.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    Very nice read with great details

    This is a nice read about the conquering of Constantinople. Even as a native myself, I've not known some of the facts and details that have been mentioned here with great effort. The creation of the timeline for the events would be extremely hard since the accounts telling the event was limited. I'm looking forward to reading his new book as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    'The Histories' of a 'modern' Herodotus

    Roger Crowley's amazing feat truly stands as a modern testament to great historical writing. Many of the other reviewers have already emphasized the lucid, insightful, and verily entertaining writing. Crowley handles his source material not just even-handedly and scientifically (like a historian should), but even artistically, making this not just great history but a great read as well! As Crowley himself puts it, his aim was 'to capture the sound of human voices - to reproduce the words, prejudices, hopes, and fears of the protagonists firsthand - and to tell something of 'the story of the story'' (page 263 in the hardcover edition). Sharing 'the story of the story' with their readers is something that, alas, many scholars omit in favor of dry lists of facts and analysis. Crowley transports the reader into a lost, forgotten world, resurrecting the past from the dust and ashes of time and space to speak vividly and directly for new generations. I warmly recommned this book to anyone it will certainly always hold a special place on my shelf. If only I could give it an infinite number of stars!!! ...

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