We’re back with another Domain Query podcast. Longtime reader and FotS JohnC911 emailed me earlier to ask the following:
I finished reading the book you recommended, Lost to the West by Lars Brownworth.
Amazing reading more on the Byzantine Empire, especially the different leaders that ruled over Constantinople.The number of times that the empire should have fallen and yet continue survive and sometimes prosper [is amazing].
By the way I did have one question on it. What do you think might have happened if [the siege of] Constantinople in 1453 by the Turks had failed? We know about what happened after the fall of Constantinople with the Ottoman Empire taking over.Also before the attack Constantine XI supported John VIII’s position of Decree of Union, joining the Orthodox and Catholic churches.
During the siege there was also the last service with both Greek priest and Latin ones standing shoulder to shoulder. With the emperor turning to the Italian who were fighting with them, assuring them that they were now brothers, united by a common bond.
As I say in this podcast, I actually don’t recall recommending the book, and I definitely haven’t read it. That said, I tackled the question as best as I could by looking at the history of the Byzantine Empire and concluded that:
- The fall of the Byzantine Empire was pretty much inevitable;
- If the siege of Constantinople had failed, the Ottoman Empire would have gone into immediate terminal decline;
- I honestly don’t know if that would have significantly changed the course of history given the power dynamics in Eastern Europe at the time;
Here’s the podcast:
- Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilisation by Lars Brownworth;
- BELIEVE! REAL CHRISTIANITY TAKING CHRISTENDOM BACK: A Reply to the Pederast Infested Vatican, the Churchians of All Denominations and a Manual for Atheists, Agnostics and Would-be Pagans by Giuseppe Filotto
- The Glory of the Crusades by Steve Weidenkopf
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