| The rape and sack of Constantinople by the Muslims 1453 - Ottoman Empire built on the blood of Christians
| Friday, August 24, 2018
In The sack of Constantinople in 1453,
I quoted a very vivid description of the sack on Constantinople, found
online and attributed to Critobulos, the renegade who served the Muslim
attackers and wrote a history of the event.
In The sack of Constantinople in 1453 (Part 2) I
gave the Riggs translation of the relevant passages, which seemed
rather different. It looked to me as if the source for the online
passage was an English translation by Halliday of a book by Guerdan.
When the orgy of killing had spent
itself, rape took its place. Here is an extract from Critobulus, the
Christian renegade who had entered the Sultan’s service.
‘Nothing will ever equal the horror of
this harrowing and terrible spectacle. People frightened by the shouting
ran out of their houses and were cut down by the sword before they knew
what was happening. And some were massacred in their houses where they
tried to hide, and some in churches where they sought refuge. The
enraged Turkish soldiers . . . gave no quarter.
When they had massacred
and there was no longer any resistance they were intent on pillage and
roamed through the town stealing, disrobing, pillaging, killing, raping,
taking captive men, women, children, old men, young men, monks,
priests, people of all sorts and conditions . . . there were virgins who
awoke from troubled sleep to find those brigands standing over them
with bloody hands and faces full of abject fury.
This medley of all
nations, these frantic brutes stormed into their houses, seized them,
dragged them, tore them, forced them, dishonoured them, raped them at
the crossroads and made them submit to the most terrible outrages. It is
even said that at the mere sight of those savages many girls were so
stupefied that they almost gave up the ghost. Old men of venerable
appearance were dragged by their white hair and piteously beaten, and
beautiful children of noble family were carried off.
Priests were led
into captivity in batches as well as reverend virgins, hermits and
recluses who were dedicated to God alone and lived only for Him to whom
they sacrificed themselves, who were dragged from their cells and others
from the churches in which they had sought refuge, in spite of their
weeping and sobs and their emaciated cheeks, to be made objects of scorn
before being struck down.
Tender children were brutally snatched from
their mothers’ breasts and girls were pitilessly given up to strange and
horrible unions and a thousand other terrible things happened.’
With senses satisfied the Turks gave
themselves up to pillage. Shops, houses, palaces, churches—nothing was
spared. Let us turn again to Critobulus.
Read it all here.....................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 11:30 PM