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Crusading and the Ottoman Threat, 1453-1505

Norman Housley


The fifty years that followed Mehmed II's capture of Constantinople in 1453 witnessed a substantial attempt to revive the crusade as the principal military mechanism for defending Christian Europe against the advance of Ottoman Turks. This study investigates the origins, character, and significance of this ambitious programme. It locates it against the broad background of crusading history, and assesses the extent to which protagonists and lobbyists for a crusade managed to refashion crusading to meet the Turkish threat, combining traditional practices with new outlooks and techniques. It pays ... More

Keywords: crusade, Turks, Renaissance papacy, indulgences, Renaissance Europe, Renaissance warfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199227051
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227051.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norman Housley, author
Professor of History, University of Leicester