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Other Books in Series
This is book number 25 in the Fortress series.
- #1: Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (1): The red-brick castles of Prussia 1230–1466 (Fortress) (Paperback): $20.00
- #5: Japanese Castles 1540–1640 (Fortress) (Paperback): $20.00
- #34: Japanese Fortified Temples and Monasteries AD 710–1602 (Fortress) (Paperback): $20.00
- #57: The Great Wall of China 221 BC–AD 1644 (Fortress) (Paperback): $20.00
- #67: Japanese Castles in Korea 1592–98 (Fortress) (Paperback): $18.95
- #74: Japanese Castles AD 250–1540 (Fortress) (Paperback): $20.00
- #84: Chinese Walled Cities 221 BC– AD 1644 (Fortress) (Paperback): $20.00
The walls of Constantinople are the greatest surviving example of European medieval military architecture in the world. They withstood numerous sieges until being finally overcome by the artillery of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453, and exist today as a time capsule of Byzantine and Medieval history. This book examines the main defensive system protecting the landward side of the city, which consisted of three parallel walls about 5 miles long. The walls defended the city against intruders, including Attila the Hun, before finally being breached by European knights during the Fourth Crusade in 1204 and, ultimately, destroyed by Turkish artillery in 1453.
About the Author
Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading authority on samurai culture. He took his first degree at Cambridge and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University. In 1996 he received a PhD from Leeds for his thesis on Japan's Kakure Kirishitan. In its published form the work won the Japan Festival Literary Award in 1998. Having lectured in East Asian Studies and Theology he is now retired and is an Honorary Lecturer at Leeds, a Research Associate at SOAS and Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University. He has published 73 books and many journal articles. His expertise was also put to use in helping design the award-winning computer strategy game Shogun Total War, and in 2010 he acted as Historical Adviser to Universal Pictures for the movie 47 Ronin. He is currently working on a major project tracing the historical evolution of the ninja as a cultural phenomenon.
Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn, leading him to study Illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.