Faculty of Philosophy
University of Belgrade
The Greatest Misfortune in the Oikoumene Byzantine Historiography on the Fall of Constantinople in 1453**
Abstract: The focus of the paper is on the manner in which the so-called Four Historians of the Fall of the Byzantine Empire to the Ottoman Turks – Doukas, Laonikos Chalkokondyles, George Sphrantzes and Kritoboulos of Imbros – describe the 1453 conquest of Constantinople, revealing at the same time their different political views both on this event and on the historical reality before and after it.
Keywords: Doukas, Laonikos Chalkokondyles, George Sphrantzes, Kritoboulos of Imbros, political attitude, Constantinople