The Fall of Constantinople has sold over half a million copies in Japan, where the author, Nanami Shiono, is a household name in popular history. Currently residing in Rome, Shiono stands out as a flamboyant citizen of the world, taking on such subjects as the collapse of the Byzantine Empire (The Fall of Constantinople) and a 15-volume history of the Roman Empire (Tale of the Romans) with superior narrative and historical acuity. She has been described as a “masculine writer” and “creative historian” comparable to Stephen Ambrose and Ken Burns in scope, depth and popularity.
The story of an empire begins the way history always does – with the end. Through the eyes of a Venetian doctor, Genoan monks, Greek sailors and love-lorn assistants, we witness the battle of two monarchs—Sultan Mehmed the Second, despotic leader of the Ottoman Empire, and Emperor Constantine, revered as much as he was feared.