The fall of Byzantium (Mayor graphic novel, s1, p86)

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 !)

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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.

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Jenny Weight
English consultant and graphic novelist
Since leaving the higher education sector I’ve been focussed on thinking about education more holistically – I’m particularly interested in the interface between education and media, but I want to understand better how we can bring our traditional educational institutions to embrace the possibilities that the network and media are opening up. We need to reinvent education to suit the nature of our working lives, and our need to engage in routine lifelong learning. I use my research and writing skills to explore these issues. I consult on education issues and assist postgraduate students with their theses.

As an artist, my new project is Mayor, a graphic novel set in thirteenth century Spain. You can find out more about these activities in my blog: geniwate.com.

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