- Constantine XI was the last Emperor of the Byzantine Empire, the successor state to the Roman Empire. Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Empire and the seat of the Eastern Church for over 1,000 years before the events of this quiz.
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Constantine XI was the last Emperor of the Byzantine Empire, the successor state to the Roman Empire. Constantinople was the capital of the Eastern Empire and the seat of the Eastern Church for over 1,000 years before the events of this quiz. (Author cjd411)
Constantine XI was the last Byzantine emperor, the last Christian ruler of what had been the Eastern Roman Empire, killed trying to defend his city against the final, successful Ottoman attack in May 1453. (Sultan Mehmed II subsequently had his head cut off, peeled off the skin, and stuffed it with straw as a trophy.)
- Donald MacGillivray Nicol
The man they count as Constantine XI is Constantine Laskaris "who was unsuccessfully proclaimed emperor by some of the defenders of Constantinople" in 1204. He was brother of Theodore I Lascaris . He had fled to Anatolia and is presumed to have co-operated with his brother in setting the foundations of the Empire of Nicaea .
He spoke of the perfidy of the infidel Sultan who had provoked the war in order to destroy the True Faith and to put his false prophet into the seat of Christ. He urged them to remember that they were the descendants of the ancient heroes of Greece and Rome and to be worthy of their ancestors.
While the Byzantines had been able to stockpile food, the weakened economy made it difficult for the city to hire enough soldiers to adequately defend it. Constantine XI was often called upon to settle disputes between the regular army and various mercenary forces.
Apr 02, 1992 · Constantine XI Palaiologos was the last Christian Emperor of Constantinople and Byzantium. In 1453, when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks, he was last seen fighting at the city walls, but the actual circumstances of his death have remained surrounded in myth.
- Donald M. Nicol
It was a direct continuation of what remained of the empire into late antiquity and into the middle ages. What fell in 1453 was indeed the final remains of a nearly 1500+ year old state. Just because what remained in Constantine XI's time is obviously quite a bit different than what existed in Augustus' time doesn't mean it is any less 'Roman'.
After his uncle, King Constantine I, was forced to abdicate, an 18-month-old Prince Philip was evacuated from Greece on the British Navy ship, HMS Calypso. He was carried to safety in a makeshift ...
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