Crowley, Roger
September 2007
Military History;Sep2007, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p42
The article focuses on the first artillery barrage in 1453 which shattered the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and changed warfare forever. Early in 1452, a Hungarian cannon founder by the name of Orban arrived in Constantinople, seeking his fortune at the imperial court. Emperor Constantine was extremely interested in Orban's offer and authorized a small stipend to detain him in the city. Orban decided to try his luck elsewhere when he was not paid regularly.


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