The Great Betrayal by Ernle Bradford
The Great Siege of Constantinople

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Constantinople, jewel of the East, whose Roman emperor embraced Christianity and transformed a fanatic cult into the most powerful religion the world had ever known. The city became itself a center of art, culture and commerce and the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. Yet, when the forces of Islam swept the Holy Land and captured Jerusalem, the avenging Christian Crusaders set their eyes on Constantinople, attacked and sacked it. The war pitted Christian against Christian, severing Rome's Eastern capital from its Western one. The Fourth Crusade spelled the decline and ultimate doom of the Holy Roman Empire. In The Great Betrayal, Ernle Bradford, author of the bestselling The Great Siege, brings to life this powerful tale of envy, greed and betrayal.

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Ernle Bradford was born in 1922 and died in 1986. He was a noted British historian specializing in the Mediterranean world and naval topics. Bradford was an enthusiastic sailor himself and spent almost thirty years sailing the Mediterranean, where many of his books are set. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, finishing as the first Lieutenant of a destroyer. Bradford lived in Malta for a number of years. He did occasional broadcast work for the BBC, was a magazine editor, and wrote many books including Hannibal; Paul the Traveller; Julius Caesar: The Pursuit of Power; Christopher Columbus; The Mighty Hood; The Battle for the West: Thermopylae; The Great Betrayal: Constantinople 1204; Three Centuries of Sailing; The America's Cup; The Sultan's Admiral: Barbarossa; Nelson: The Essential Hero; Ulysses Found; Siege of Malta 1940-1943; Mediterranean: Portrait of a Sea; The Companion Guide to the Greek Isles; The Great Siege; Cleopatra; The Journeying Moon; The Great Siege of Malta 1565.
Published January 11, 2013 by E-Reads. 220 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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