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The conquest of Constantinople

The fall of Constantinople, (May 29, 1453), the conquest of Constantinople by Sultan Mohammed II of the Ottoman Empire. The declining Byzantine Empire ended 55 days after the siege of the city when the Ottomans invaded the ancient geography of Constantinople. Using art… Read more

Skanderbeg the Albanian dragon

During the early 14th century, much of modern-day Albania was governed by the Serbian king Stefan Dusan. When he passed away in 1355, local chieftains and lords became the dominant factors managing their estates. Albania fragmented. Another external force contributed… Read more

The Battle of Levounion 1091 AD

It’s late April of the year 1091. Somewhere in southern Thrace, Emperor Alexios Komnenos rides in the vanguard of his recently assembled army, marching to challenge his enemy.  A small group of riders loom in the distance, racing towards them. Alexios, squinting his … Read more

Jan Zika and the Hussites war

When in July 1419, Czech Hussites threw Catholic members of the Prague city council out of the window of a town hall, very few expected 17 years of bloody religious war would follow. These so-called Hussite wars brought forth several Czech national heroes. Among them… Read more