If you want to find about more about the fall of Constantinople, here are a few more resources and sources of information. You might like to look at ‘Visit the siege’ and ‘Gallery’ as well.
From the internet
Books to read
Here is a short list of reasonably available, largely non-academic books on the fall of Constantinople and its background.
Stephen Runciman: The Fall of Constantinople – the classic work on the subject
John Julius Norwich: A History of Byzantium - a lively three volume narrative that unfolds the extraordinary panorama of Byzantine history. If you think life is too short for 1,200 pages of reading, try the one volume version, A Shorter History of Byzantium.
Judith Herrin: Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire – an excellent accessible academic account that takes a thematic approach
Lord Kinross: The Ottoman Centuries – robust, readable popular account of the history of the Ottoman Empire from start to finish
Jason Goodwin: Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire – a vivid impressionistic take on Ottoman history
Colin Imber: The Ottoman Empire: 1300-1650 – an extremely good academic book on the chronology and institutions of the early Ottoman empire
John Freely: Istanbul: Imperial City – part popular history, part guide, this tells the whole story of the city from its founding to modern times
Franz Babinger: Mehmed the Conqueror and His Time – if you get seriously interested in the protagonists at the fall of Constantinople, this weighty but accessible book is a mine of information on complex personality of the sultan and the Ottoman conquests of the fifteenth century.
Donald M. Nicol: The Immortal Emperor: The Life and Legend of Constantine Palaiologus, Last Emperor of the Romans – short readable account of the life, death and after-life of Constantine XI in Greek culture
David Nicolle: Constantinople 1453 – illustrated guide from the military history publishers, Osprey
Stephen Turnbull: The Walls of Constantinople AD 324-1453 – another illustrated Osprey offering: a guide to the walls and the defences of Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen: Byzantine Constantinople: The Walls of the City and Adjoining Historical Sites – First published in 1899 and now in print again. For anyone who wants to go to Istanbul and study the walls in serious detail, this is a great book and an antiquarian delight. I’ve reproduced some of his sectional maps above.
Lastly, on the subject of guide books: there are of course hundreds of offerings on Istanbul. I would like to champion the almost completely overlooked Everyman Guide to Istanbul (in the US Knopf Guide: Istanbul). It won’t help you much with the practicalities of hotels and restaurants, but this book is a work of art in its own right. Illustrated with thousands of reproductions of art and architecture, cut-away drawings, old photographs, excerpts from travellers’ accounts, quotations, timelines and maps, it’s a brilliant visual guide to the richness of the city and its past – makes you want to set out straightaway.