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Steven Runciman, Fall of Constantinople, 1453

Steven Runciman, The Great Church in Captivity : A Study of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Eve of the Turkish Conquest to the Greek War of Independence

Steven Runciman, Byzantine Style and Civilisation

G. Carlisle, The last of the Greeks, or, The fall of Constantinople : a tragedy

Phrantzes, The Fall of the Byzantine Empire : a chronicle, 1401-1477

La Belle Helene de Constantinople : chanson de geste du XIVe siecle

Deno John Geanakoplos, Constantinople and the West

R.A. Tomlinson, From Mycenae to Constantinople : Evolution of the Ancient City 

Philip Sherrard, Byzantium

Philip Sherrard, Constantinople : iconography of a sacred city

John J. Yiannias, (Ed.), Byzantine Tradition After the Fall of Constantinople

Edwin Pears, Destruction of the Greek Empire and the Story of the Capture of Constantinople by the Turks

Edwin Pears, Fall of Constantinople : Story of the Fourth Crusade


Greek Literature - Ancient, Medieval, Modern

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   With the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 ... not only hath the Greek Church the Turks for an enemy and an oppressor, but also the Latines; who not being able by their missionaries to gain them to their party, and persuade them to renounce the jurisdiction of their Patriarchs, and own the authority and supremacy of the Roman Bishop do never omit those occasions which may bring them under the lash of the Turk, and engage them in a constant and continual expense, hoping that the people being oppressed and tired, and in no condition of having relief under the protection of their own Governors, may at length be induced to embrace a foreign Head, who has riches and power to defend them. Moreover, besides their wiles, the Roman priests frequent all places, where the Greeks inhabit, endeavoring to draw them unto their side both by preachings and writings. ...

   The late British scholar A. H. Hore of Trinity College, Oxford observed:

   "The fall of the Eastern European Empire and the low state to which the persecuted Greek Church fell, and from which it is little less than a miracle that it should now be recovering, is a chapter of dishonor and disgrace in the history of Western Europe."  

From: Constantelos, Greek Orthodoxy - From Apostolic Times to the Present Day

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