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.
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.