Ever wondered what the Crusades were and why they really happened? This podcast tells the full story of the Crusades from their origins, beginning with the collapse of Byzantium, to the fall of the last Crusader state.
The Fall of Constantinople Episode 1 "Byzantium - The Dying Empire"
In this new mini-series, we will hear about the fall of Byzantine Constantinople in 1453 to the Ottoman Turks. Many people see it as a turning point in history, marking the end of the Middle Ages. But what really happened? Find out here.
The Fall of Constantinople Episode 2 "Seljuks and Ottomans"
In the thirteenth century, the Mongols destroyed the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum in Anatolia. But after the Mongols left, a new Turkish dynasty began to rise to power in western Anatolia. This dynasty was that of the Ottomans.
The Fall of Constantinople Episode 3 "Timur the Lame"
In the fourteenth century, the growing power of the Ottoman Turks seemed unstoppable. But there was one man who checked it. This was Timur the Lame, or Tamerlane, as he was called in Europe. Of mixed Turkish and Mongol descent, he created a vast empire at the end of the fourteenth century that was modelled on the Mongol Empire of the legendary Genghis Khan.
The Fall of Constantinople Episode 4 "The Emperor and the Sultan"
The Ottoman onslaught against Constantinople is getting closer. Two new leaders emerge on either side. Constantine XI Palaiologos, the last Emperor of Byzantium, and the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, better known as Mehmet the Conqueror. Both men will go down in history as great heroes - discover why in this podcast.
The Fall of Constantinople Episode 5 "The Call to the West"
With the Ottoman Turks closing in on Constantinople, the Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologus made a last desperate appeal to the West for help. But would it be too little and too late?
The Fall of Constantinople Episode 6 "Gunpowder and Cannons"
By 1452, the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II had decided to launch a huge attack on the ancient city of Constantinople. But as he gathered his army from all over his dominions, he knew that he would need more than soldiers. To breach the ancient walls he would need gunpowder and cannons!
Great Detail and Pacing!
Nick Holmes delivers an amazing story of the history of the crusades all the way to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The pacing is great and he provides a perfect amount of detail along the way. I particularly enjoyed learning about the Seljuk Turks. Overall a great historical podcast
This…is a pretty good podcast
I gave 5 stars. I’m a massive fan of Robin Pierson’s History of Byzantium podcast and I don’t think anyone can beat his Byzantium podcast content, but this one comes close. Or rather, they're a different enough style that they wonderfully compliment each other. I really enjoy both of them.
I appreciate that the host, Nick, is an academic who’s written books and studied primary sources as his career. You can tell.
This pod is a slightly quicker pace than History of Byzantium, but at the same time Nick gives you everything you need to know, and more, in a very easy to digest and entertaining manner.
I highly recommend this pod if you’re a fan of Byzantium. For me, it’s come as a really nice addition to the History of Byzantium during a VERY complex time in the empire’s history (the pod covers the buildup to Manzikert, its aftermath, and the crusades; it also goes onto finish the story of Byzantium, but I’m not that far yet).
Take a breath..
Fastest unbroken reading ever, what’s the rush?