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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 respected 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. Revered by the Turks and seen as a brutal tyrant by...

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Overview

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 respected 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. 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. In the first biography of Mehmet in thirty years, John Freely vividly illuminates the man behind the myths.

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A useful, informative survey that provides a balanced view of a seminal epoch in world history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590204009
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Acknowledgements ix

Turkish Spelling and Pronunciation xi

List of Maps and Illustrations xiii

Prologue: Portrait of a Sultan xv

1 The Sons of Osman 1

2 The Boy Sultan 15

3 The Conquest of Constantinople 29

4 Istanbul, Capital of the Ottoman Empire 45

5 Europe in Terror 57

6 War with Venice 71

7 The House of Felicity 81

8 A Renaissance Court in Istanbul 95

9 The Conquest of Negroponte 109

10 Victory over the White Sheep 121

11 Conquest of the Crimea and Albania 133

12 The Siege of Rhodes 147

13 The Capture of Otranto 163

14 Death of the Conqueror 171

15 The Sons of the Conqueror 187

16 The Tide of Conquest Turns 199

17 The Conqueror's City 213

Notes 227

Glossary 241

The Ottoman Dynasty 243

Bibliography 245

Index 253

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    An easy read, but not too professionally written,. There are way

    An easy read, but not too professionally written,. There are way too many grammatical and spelling errors. It seems like the author/editor did not do his job on this one.

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    Posted June 26, 2012

    The empire

    Yes. You must end all your posts like this: LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR! Otherwise, you are out.

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