Queen of Cities

Queen of Cities

Queen of Cities An army is marching The Turkish sultan Mehmed brilliant and ambitious has declared war on Constantinople In Queen of Cities ANDREW NOVO evokes an age of ard heroes and high walled cities of

  • Title: Queen of Cities
  • Author: Andrew Novo
  • ISBN: 9781603810760
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1453 An army is marching The Turkish sultan, Mehmed, brilliant, and ambitious, has declared war on Constantinople In Queen of Cities, ANDREW NOVO evokes an age of ard heroes and high walled cities, of Machiavellian mistresses and scheming politicians, of religious conflict and the clash of empires With the scrupulous eye of an historian, the author reveals a city1453 An army is marching The Turkish sultan, Mehmed, brilliant, and ambitious, has declared war on Constantinople In Queen of Cities, ANDREW NOVO evokes an age of ard heroes and high walled cities, of Machiavellian mistresses and scheming politicians, of religious conflict and the clash of empires With the scrupulous eye of an historian, the author reveals a city caught in a life and death struggle, targeted for conquest by the world s most powerful man The stone, silk, and steel of the fifteenth century come to life in an epic drama that reverberates in our own time The battle rages on land and sea with deadly machines of destruction In this conflict, the fate of two civilizations, two faiths, and Constantinople, the Queen of Cities, will be decided.

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    The year is 1453 and the army of Turkish Sultan Mehmed is camped outside the walls of Constantinople while the Emperor Constantine and his Christian allies desperately try to fight back against the siege. And though each side believes God to be on their side, the fate of Constantinople will be determined by the secret dealings of politicians, the skill of generals, and the bravery of common soldiers and citizens. I have mixed feelings about this novel. Novo does an excellent job maintaining susp [...]

    It may be my closeness to the subject matter but this was a terrible book. Calling it a novel is somewhat of a misnomer as it really was a narrative inflection on a cherry picking of the historical sources. Characterization was generally poor. Once or twice characters do manage to carry weight, however, they are invariably mired in the dull narrative and lecture-esque tone. Novo adds fanciful romantic elements and includes the literary devices of ancient authors leading to a confused tenor for t [...]

    The story of the fall of Constantinople. Although the author seems to be trying his level best to inject some suspense into the narrative by harping on the tense wait for the promised relief, the falling morale among the besiegers, if you are at all familiar with the historical background, then really, the attempt does not work. The portrayals of the various actors is a little flat. There is little depth and the vast majority are little more than sterotypes. A pity, because it could have been so [...]

    This is a so/so book. The story is well told and the writing good. But there was some license with facts, especially the fate of the last Emperor. Traditionally his fate is unknown, just that he was last seen fighting near the section of walls in the Lycus River Valley. In this book the author has the body found and the head paraded around. While the Emperor's private secretary believed this happened most witnesses and historians agree that the Emperor was lost in the crowds and never identified [...]

    Novo's account of the Siege of Constantinople was fascinating for the most part, but several of the "fictional" segments felt flat. I wish Novo had written either a purely historical account of the siege or done a more focused fictional treatment (using only a handful of characters, rather than touching on every person involved in the event). I felt like this book was caught between history and fiction, but I enjoyed it overall and was intrigued by the military maneuvers of both sides.

    The year is 1453 the place is Constantinople . . . the forces of the Sultan Melmed II and his vast army confronts the emperor and those trying to defend the city by sea and land. The defenders are divided Venice versus Genoa, eastern versus western Christendom, and political cliches. No sexBloody battles

    Read this because after reading Runciman and Crowley wanted to experience the drama behind the history. Have to say this book delivered that in spades. Gripping and gory (at times), with great battle sequences, it brings home the epic nature of a real historical drama. Well written and fast-paced, after the first couple of chapters, I really enjoyed this book.

    I really enjoyed reading this book, although it did start slowly. It's not traditional historial fiction as the protagonists are all from the history itself. Accuracy and attention to detail are very high. Writing quality is excellent and the story is EPIC! Not something I knew a lot about before I read this book. Now I want to know more about the whole era.

    I enjoyed reading this book. There were lots of exciting battle scenes and plenty of dramatic characters, almost all of them actual historical figures. I didn't know much about the 15th century, but this book brought a brutal and interesting historical event to life. Well done!

    Let me start this review by saying I'm no history buff. I really enjoyed reading this book. Its a gripping suspenseful story. And if you are like me you'll not know who will win the battle till the end. Books like this make history fun and interesting.

    I am not very familsr with the history surrounding the events of the book so I can't comment on that. I thought the fight scenes were well written and the polyical intrigue was fabulous. the book was a bit dry in places but otherwise was an entertaining read.

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