Show 20: Total Jihad – Fetih 1453 and the Last Battle of Constantinople

It’s a holy war between Islam and Christianity. It’s a battle known the world over. It’s the last outpost of Christian Europe in the Near East facing down a Turkish onslaught. It’s a battle that has profound and lasting implications for our modern world: from debates about Turkish entry into the European Union to the role of religion in warfare. It’s called the Battle of Constantinople. We’ll recount it all and we’ll analyze it all on Battlecast – the world’s foremost podcast on warfare and its socio-political impact.

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Constantinople fall picture
Contemporary depiction of Constantinople
Map of Constantinople
Battle map. Notice the shape of the walls.
walls of constantinople restored
A modern reconstruction of the walls.


photo of space between constantinople walls
The space between the walls was open.
Schematic drawing of constantinople walls
Schematic of the walls.



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

Diary of the Siege of Constantinople 1453 by Nicolo Barbaro

The Fall of the Byzantine Empire: A Chronicle by George Sphrantzes translated by Marios Philippides

History of Mehmed the Conqueror by Kritovoulos, translated by Charles T. Riggs

The Fall of Constantinople 1453 by Steven Runciman

3 thoughts on “Show 20: Total Jihad – Fetih 1453 and the Last Battle of Constantinople

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