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Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

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Bettany Hughes

Saturday 13th October 11:15 - 12:15 | Northwood House


All tickets will be refunded in due course.

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where narrative and perception is as potent as hard, historical fact. From the Qu’ran to Shakespeare, this city with three names – Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – resonates as an idea and as a place, and overspills its boundaries – real and imagined. The gateway between the East, West, North and South it has served as the capital of the Late Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. For much of its history this cosmopolitan settlement was known simply as The City, but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city, but a story.

In this epic new biography, Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey through the many incarnations of one of the world’s greatest cities – exploring the ways that Istanbul’s influence has spun out to shape the wider world.

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