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Most of the conquered fervently Chrisian

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Submitted by Historian (United States), Jun 5, 2017 at 18:51

"Constantinople was lost for one very real reason - it was a place that no longer observed the deep truths of what Jesus taught"

This is destructive and self-destructive nonsense. Most Byzantine Christians were devout believers in "what Jesus taught" .Constantinople was conquered ultimately for several real reasons having nothing to do with how observant Eastern Christians were of what Jesus taught, among the most important:
1. Muslims had been aiming to conquer Constantinople and destroy the Eastern Roman Empire since the 650s, if not earlier, after their seizure of the Roman Levant and N. Africa and conquest of Persia was so successful. Read Sebeos' chronicle on the first (failed) Muslim attempt to take Constantinople at that time. Several more Muslim attempts would follow. In this early period, Muslims even invented hadith portraying "Muhammad" as commanding Muslims to destroy the Roman Empire and conquer Constantinople or predicting that they will . Muslims had therefore great motivation not to make "Muhammad" predict something false or command the unfulfilled and made many attempts to conquer Byzantium. (The West needs to take note: since these hadith often refer to the Eastern Roman Empire as "Rome" and many Muslims equate the West with Rome (see Osama bin Laden etc.) the West will continue to be a target of pious jihadis aiming to fulfill these commands of "Muhammad" in the hadith).
2. The invention of gunpowder-using large cannon by the 14th century made Constantinople's massive walls vulnerable to destruction, and the conquest was in fact made possible by the large cannon that a Hungarian (some Western people have always put personal gain above solidarity with other Western peoples) helped the Ottomans launch against the city.

Would you, by analogy, make the outrageous argument that the Spanish successfully conquered the Aztecs and Incas and other more peaceable Amerindians because they observed the deep truths of "what Jesus taught" ? Military technology, geography, epidemic disease and ideology all can play a role in successful conquest. But to claim that being conquered reveals a lack of religious observance is not supported by evidence; indeed it is contradicted by the knowable evidence.

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