July 2005
Book of the Month - July
Mark Merlino - Home page
The Walls of Constantinople AD 324-1453.
Stephen Turnbull & Peter Dennis. Osprey, 2004.
This book beautifully combines maps and photos with illustrations of Byzantine Constantinople.
Also, in this relatively short book, Turnbull gives a fairly comprehensive sketch of Byzantine
Constantinople, in relation to the city's fortifications.

The book begins by giving the reasons for the construction of the walls of Theodosius II, then
goes on to describe their design. Turnbull makes a very thorough survey of the different
sections of the walls before talking about how the walls were part of the life of
Constantinopolitans. The book then briefly tells the story of the various sieges of the city and
finishes by describing the walls in contemporary times.

Turnbull and the illustrator Peter Dennis have created an excellent book. I highly recommend
this book to anyone interested in Byzantine history, ancient fortifications or anyone wanting to
travel to Istanbul.