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Theodora Phranza; or, the Fall of Constantinople

By John Mason Neale

New York: E.P. Dutton, 1913.
First published London: J. Masters, 1857.


Chapter I.
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
Chapter X.
Chapter XI.
Chapter XII.
Chapter XIII.
Chapter XIV.
Chapter XV.
Chapter XVI.
Chapter XVII.
Chapter XVIII.
Chapter XIX.
Chapter XX.
Chapter XXI.
Chapter XXII.
Chapter XXIII.
Chapter XXIV.
Chapter XXV.
Chapter XXVI.
Chapter XXVII.
Chapter XXVIII.
Chapter XXIX.
Chapter XXX.
Chapter XXXI.
Chapter XXXII.
Chapter XXXIII.
Chapter XXXIV.
Chapter XXXV.
Chapter XXXVI.
Chapter XXXVII.
Chapter XXXVIII.
Chapter XXXIX.
Chapter XL.
Chapter XLI.
Chapter XLII.
Chapter XLIII.
Chapter XLIV.


The following story was written nine years ago, and has since appeared in a periodical. If it has no other merit, it gives, I hope, a fair view of the manners and feeling of the period when the Eastern and Western Churches were for the last time brought into a formal alliance.

I might easily have given references to the Byzantine Historians for most of the facts and details contained in the following pages, but I have thought it sufficient to add here and there a note, with an explanation of the terms likely to be most strange to the ordinary reader.

The prophecy that the Ottoman possession of Constantinople should not extend beyond four hundred years was widely circulated and implicitly believed before the fall of that city. That the late war has to a certain extent fulfilled it, no one can doubt who, like myself, is convinced that, let whatever dynasty succeed to the possession of the Byzantine Empire, the sands of the Turkish domination are now very fast running out.

Sackville College, Lady Day, 1857.

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