The World's Great Events (volume 3); An Indexed History Of The World From Earliest Times To The…

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1916 Excerpt: ... THE FALL OF CONSTANTINOPLE (A.D. 1453) EDWARD GIBBON OF the triangle which composes the figure of Constantinople, the two sides along the sea were made inaccessible to an enemy: the Propontis by nature, and the harbor by art. Between the two waters, the base of the triangle, the land side, was pro?«sof tected by a double wall and a deep ditch of the depth of one hundred feet. Against this line of fortification, which Phranza, an eyewitness, prolongs to the measure of six miles, the Ottomans directed their principal attack; and the Emperor, after distributing the service and command of the most perilous stations, undertook the defence of the external wall. In the first days of the siege, the Greek soldiers descended into the ditch, or sallied into the field; but they soon discovered that, in the proportion of their numbers, one Christian was of more value than twenty Turks; and, after these bold preludes, they were prudently content to maintain the rampart with their missile weapons. Nor should this prudence be accused of pusillanimity. The nation was indeed pusillanimous and base; but the last Constantine deserves the name of a5theBm hero; his noble band of volunteers was inspired with Roman virtue; and the foreign auxiliaries supported the honor of the Western chivalry. The incessant volleys of lances and arrows were accompanied with the smoke, the sound, and the fire of their musketry and cannon. Their small-arms discharged at thes ior_ same time either five or even ten balls of lead Turkish6 of the size of a walnut; and, according to theart'"ery' closeness of the ranks and the force of the powder, several breast-plates and bodies were transpierced by the same shot. But the Turkish approaches were soon sunk in trenches or covered with ruins. Each day...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1916 Excerpt: ... THE FALL OF CONSTANTINOPLE (A.D. 1453) EDWARD GIBBON OF the triangle which composes the figure of Constantinople, the two sides ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217288863

ISBN - 13:9780217288866

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