1453: The Fall of New Rome

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A conservative calendar has more days printed in black than in red letters.  Fortunately, the days of tragedy and loss are remembered as much for the heroism of those who defended the right--Lee at Gettysburg, Leonidas at Thermopylae, the Scots at Culloden.  No day in our history shines more brilliantly in black than the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

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16 Responses

  1. David Wihowski says:

    Excellent. I will have to watch it several times to catch all the history packed into these eight minutes. Thanks for expanding my slightly (perhaps more than slightly) tainted view of Western history.

  2. Ken Rosenberger says:

    A fantastic little documentary. Very well done. Well-written, photographed, narrated, scored, and edited. High production values. I trust the incomparable auteur Mr Scott was performing his usual magic in the editing room. Hope to see more like this.

  3. Andrew G Van Sant says:

    The check is in the mail. Well, almost, but soon. Meanwhile can you provide more information on the resources that you used (icons and artwork)? Were you filmed in your home?

  4. Rex Scott says:

    Thanks Ken. We are planning more vids and your input is appreciated. We did film at The Fleming Foundation Headquarters. Most of the artwork is on the web. I have been called many things in my life, my new favorite is Auteur!

    Andrew, Thanks in advance for your donation!

  5. Harry Colin says:

    An excellent piece!

  6. Dot says:

    A superb fast paced documentary. It deserves parts one and two to cover this long and important span of history. Thanks for presenting it.

  7. Rex Scott says:

    Thank you Harry Thank you Dot and your welcome! Have a great day.

  8. Andrew G Van Sant says:

    The check is now in the mail. Hope to send more later.

  9. Robert Peters says:

    This is an excellent video. When I teach American history, I begin with the fall of Constantinople as the quest for economic stability and ultimately economic power shifts to the Atlantic rim: Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, England and France. Would it be possible for this video to appear on Face Book. I will share it with those who gather around my Face Book fireside. A Moslem from Syria once told me, that in his region of Syria, they referred to the Eastern Orthodox Church as the “Roman Church” and the Western Church or Catholic Church as the “Frankish Church.” I am not sure how widespread that is, but that was his representation. Again, the video, both technically and in content, is excellent.

  10. Robert Geraci says:

    Thanks for doing this. It is dismaying that not only are facts left out as these subjects are “taught” (if even that occurs), but so much worse, the context in which these events took place is not even considered or explored.

  11. Patrick Kinnell says:

    I add my thanks as well for this great video

  12. Raymond Olson says:

    Good job. The art used is marvelous, making the many times the video stopped (on the soundtrack, mid-word) more welcome than annoying.

  13. Andrew G Van Sant says:

    Mr. Olson, I picked up a copy of Leonard Maltin’s 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen. Will I find anything in it worth watching?

  14. Charles C. Yost says:

    This was fantastic. Great work, Dr. Fleming.

  15. Charles C. Yost says:

    I am late to post to this. I found this video to be very moving. Skip that silly Turkish propaganda film that recently came out and show your kids this. I know I’ve been out of the loop, folks, and I owe you some more installments on the history of the schism. I am about to defend my dissertation this coming Friday. If you have a moment, spare a prayer for me.

  16. John Seiler says:

    At this point, it maybe only the dual return of Constantine XI and King Arthur can save us.