The Grand Turk: Sultan Mehmet Ii-conqueror of Constantinople and Master of an Empire

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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A gripping biography of one of the most sensational figures in Turkish history Sultan Mehmet II, known to his countrymen as the Conqueror” and to much of Europe as the Terror of the World,” was once Europe’s most feared and powerful ruler. Now, Turkey’s most beloved American scholar, John Freely, brings to life this charismatic hero of one of the richest histories in the world. Mehmet was barely twenty-one when he conquered Byzantine Constantinople, which became Istanbul and the capital of his mighty empire. Mehmet reigned for thirty years, during which time his armies extended the borders of his empire halfway across Asia Minor and as far into Europe as Hungary and Italy. Three popes called for crusades against him as Christian Europe came face to face with a new Muslim empire. Revered by the Turks and seen as a brutal tyrant by the West, Mehmet was a brilliant military leader as well as a renaissance prince. His court housed Persian and Turkish poets, Arab and Greek astronomers, and Italian scholars and artists. In the first biography of Mehmet in thirty years, John Freely vividly illuminates the man behind the myths.

Author Biography

John Freely first went to Istanbul in 1960 to teach physics. A professor at University of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, he has written more than twenty books on Turkish history and travel, including Istanbul: The Imperial City.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Turkish Spelling and Pronunciationp. xi
List of Maps and Illustrationsp. xiii
Prologue: Portrait of a Sultanp. xv
The Sons of Osmanp. 1
The Boy Sultanp. 15
The Conquest of Constantinoplep. 29
Istanbul, Capital of the Ottoman Empirep. 45
Europe in Terrorp. 57
War with Venicep. 71
The House of Felicityp. 81
A Renaissance Court in Istanbulp. 95
The Conquest of Negropontep. 109
Victory over the White Sheepp. 121
Conquest of the Crimea and Albaniap. 133
The Siege of Rhodesp. 147
The Capture of Otrantop. 163
Death of the Conquerorp. 171
The Sons of the Conquerorp. 187
The Tide of Conquest Turnsp. 199
The Conqueror's Cityp. 213
Notesp. 227
Glossaryp. 241
The Ottaman Dynastyp. 243
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 253
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