Tag Archives: constantinople

GoT PiH: King’s Landing & Constantinople

Averill, Dan, and special guest Andy Smyser compare the military fortifications of two cities: the fictional Westeros city of King’s Landing and the historical European city of Constantinople. We’re resurrecting that epic battle scene of Season Two – the Battle of Blackwater Bay – to talk about the cutting edge defense tactics Tyrion employed, and similar tactics employed by the protectors of Byzantine Constantinople for almost 700 years. The premier of the sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is April 24th – feed your GoT obsession with our discussion of King’s Landing, Constantinople, and some epic battles.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Show Notes and Further Reading

The Siege of Constantinople,” Byzantine Military History. 

Basil Aboul-Enein, USAF and Youssef Aboul-Enein, “The Arab Umayyad Muslim Sieges of Constantinople,” The Culture and Conflict Review, 4/1/2012.

Walter E. Kaegi, ” Sieges of Constantinople,” The Reader’s Companion to Military History. Ed. Robert Cowley and Geoffrey Parker. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

David Nicolle, John F. Haldon, Stephen R. Turnbull, The Fall of Constantinople: The Ottoman Conquest of Byzantium. Osprey Publishing, 2007.



Charlemagne’s Christmas Coronation: A Very Merry HistoryBuffs Holiday Special

Join Marissa and Katie as they journey back to Rome on Christmas Day in the year 800 for one of the most famous coronations in European history. It’s a Christmas special, HistoryBuffs style!


The life of Charlemagne in stained glass in the cathedral at Chartres. “Chartres – Vie de Charlemagne” |CC BY-SA 3.0 /Wikimedia Commons


Show Notes and Further Reading

Bones of an Emperor,” Medieval Histories, January 30, 2014.

Robert W. Dyson, “Medieval Rulers and Political Ideology” in Lansing, Carol, and Edward D. English. A Companion to the Medieval World. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

Einhard’s “The Life of Charlemagne.”

Monica Fleener, “The Significance of the Coronation of Charlemagne“, December 22, 2010.

Richard E. Sullivan, ed. The Coronation of Charlemagne: What Did It Signify? Part of the Problems in European Civilization series. Boston: D.C. Heath and Co, 1959.

The Coronation of Charlemagne,” accessed via Seton Hall University.


Charlemagne’s throne in the Cathedral at Aachen. |CC BY-SA 3.0 /Wikimedia Commons.

Choir music: Public domain choir recording Unus Ex Discipulis Meis found at the Free Music Archive.

Feature image: Claudius Jaquand, “Lors de l’ exposition Sacres Royaux, de Louis XIII à Charles”  |CC BY-SA 4.0 / Wikimedia Commons.