The fall of Byzantium
The fall of Byzantium didn’t finally occur until Constantinople was sacked by the Ottomans on 29 May 1453. Of course, Byzantium had been on the nose for centuries before then, and was propped up in the fourteenth century by Spanish mercenaries nominally under the patronage of the Aragonese kings (very, very nominally).
So, although Peninsular Spain was finally lost to the Muslims in 1492 with the fall of Granada, at the other end of the Mediterranean Islam was going great guns.
If there is someone, somewhere, who likes to put the various religions on a cosmic scale and keep them in some sort of balance, the fifteenth century would have ended with the same proportions of Islamic and Christian empires as it had at the start, more or less.
(This sort of logic that probably appeals only to historical novelists. Apologies !)
These images are the first draft of the upcoming release of Mayor: the case of the theftless thief, series 1 of the Mayor series. Check out the Mayor playlist on Spotify.
graphica – fantastica – medieval