Tag Archives: Constantinople

Pope Urban II and the launch of the First Crusade

On the 27th November 1095, Pope Urban II launched the First Crusade with an impassioned speech at the Council of Clermont.

The Fall of Constantinople in 1453 – a brief overview

On the 29th May 1453 the troops of the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Mehmed II successfully took control of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.