I go into these stories with a great deal of ignorance. What I thought would be a biography of a man became a biography of a city. When I first heard of Orban, he seemed like an endlessly fascinating and unbelievably consequential biographical subject. However, except for his brief yet significant appearance on the world stage, almost nothing is known about him.
And so, since I have no points to make, no arguments to win, and no over arching narrative to weave with this little history show, I simply let the subjects take me where they will. In researching Orban, he took me on a journey of learning about one of the most cataclysmic events in the history of mankind.
Many may know the story of the fall of Constantinople, others may simply know only that it fell to the Ottomans at some point in history – count me in the latter category. But I think few people have had the opportunity to view the street view mode of its fall, and what it looked like for the individuals involved.
Author and historian Roger Crowley grants us a magnificent glimpse of these events. A history podcaster could not ask for a finer source.
And so, let’s learn a little about the greatest city ever built, and the man who brought not only brought about its demise, but changed the world forever, Orban: Taker of the City.Support the show