When Islam Came: The Rape of Constantinople

Last Friday, May 29, was the 567th anniversary of the Islamic conquest of Constantinople, one of ancient Christianity's greatest capitals that for the previous seven centuries had, as Europe's easternmost bulwark, withstood Islam.  Lesser known is what immediately transpired — which Turkey is immensely proud of — on the taking of "New Rome," as described in what follows (note: all quotes were derived from contemporary sources, mostly eyewitnesses). Once inside the city on that fateful May 29, the "enraged Turkish soldiers ... gave no quarter," wrote an eyewitness: When they had massacred and there was no longer any resistance, they were intent on pillage and roamed through the town stealing, disrobing, pillaging, killing, raping, taking captive men, women, children, old men, young men, monks, priests, people of all sorts and conditions[.] ... There were virgins who awoke from troubled sleep to find those brigands standing over...(Read Full Article)
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