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Editor says, what if Pope Nicholas V formed the tenth crusade in time to lift the siege of Constantinople? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1453,with his capital city besieged by a vast Ottoman Turk force Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos reluctantly declared "Better the Cardinal's hat turban than the Sultan's turban!".
Better the Cardinal's hat than the Sultan's turban!Of course seven weeks later the siege was lifted by Venetian, German, and Genoese troops under the direct command of Pope Nicholas V. It would serve as the crowning moment of his impressive eight-year term as pope and herald a new age of military security in Christendom from outside threats.
But the inside story was simply incredible; even though the Tenth Crusade was the Byzantine's last hope, their plight was in no small part due to the earlier Crusades and caused by schismatic differences between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches. And much as Constantine XI had feared, the triumph meant the end of the Byzantine period and domination over the European Muslims. Eventually though the "Third Rome" would rise again, but not until the emergence of Tsarist Russia, the new vanguard of the Orthodox Church.
Editor says, in authoring this post we revisit an idea from Jeff Provine's Constantinople Siege Raise. In reality, a member of the Byzantine elite declared the opposite, "Better the Sultan's turban than the Cardinal's hat!". Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.