Festival talks by James Heneage

104. THE FALL OF CONSTANTINOPLE: THE GREATEST SIEGE IN HISTORY

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1453. The hordes of Islam are at the walls of Constantinople. The fate of all Europe hangs on a heroic garrison who’d answered the call of the last Roman Emperor. Would their courage be enough? James Heneage, co-founder of the History Festival and historian, tells the story of the most thrilling siege in history and explains why catastrophe in 1453 turned into eventual triumph for the West.

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