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Abandoned by their prince, the inhabitants of Damascus still defended their walls
; and Timour consented to raise the siege, if they would adorn his retreat with a
gift or ransom; each article of nine pieces. But no sooner had he introduced ...
The harbour, encompassed on all sides “by the sea and the continent, is the most
secure “ and capacious in the world. The walls and gates “of Constantinople may
be compared with those “ of Babylon; the towers are many; each tower “is a ...
Amurath retired with shame and loss from the walls C H A P. of Croya, the castle
and residence of the Castriots; , the march, the siege, the retreat, were harassed
by a vexatious, and almost invisible adversary"; and the disappointment might ...
His hours were spent in delineating the plan of the hostile city; in debating with
his generals and engineers, on what spot he should erect his batteries; on which
side he should assault the walls; where he should spring his mines; to what place
Between the two waters, the basis of the triangle, the land-side was protected by
a double wall, and a deep ditch of the depth of one hundred feet. Against this line
of fortification, which Phranza, an eye-witness, prolongs to the measure of six ...
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I feel decidedly ambivalent about this book. My rating reflects that ultimately I didn't want to stick with it; I didn't find its pleasures and degree of informativeness worth the slogging through ... Read full review
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A classic of historical literature, in two volumes. The author details the history to the fall in the first volume, and the byzantine period in the second volume. Read full review