Mehmed the Conqueror and His Time

Mehmed the Conqueror and His Time

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by Franz Babinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691010781

ISBN-13: 9780691010786

Pub. Date: 10/19/1992

Publisher: Princeton University Press

From the famous siege of Constantinople in 1453 through the numerous other campaigns that securely established the Ottoman Empire, the events in the life of the emperor Mehmed II are the subject of this classic biography. One of the most important figures in Ottoman history, Mehmed was the architect of victories that inspired fear throughout Europe and contributed

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From the famous siege of Constantinople in 1453 through the numerous other campaigns that securely established the Ottoman Empire, the events in the life of the emperor Mehmed II are the subject of this classic biography. One of the most important figures in Ottoman history, Mehmed was the architect of victories that inspired fear throughout Europe and contributed to an image of the Turk prevalent in Western art and literature for many years. "Fascinating. . . . From the Western viewpoint, Mehmed was seen as the man who gave the death blow to Byzantium, destroying the last vestige of the Eastern Roman Empire. Not surprisingly, the Turks regard him as the greatest of all sultans, a figure unparalleled in the history of the world for military prowess, statecraft, patronage of the arts and sciences."—Robert Kirsch, The Los Angeles Times Book Review "The definitive scholarly biography of the Ottoman emperor who in 1453 conquered Constantinople. . . . Mehmed's career is a study of battle, murder, and sudden death, of brutality, perfidy, and spite, with no moral superiority awardable to either Christians or Muslims."—The New Yorker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691010786
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/19/1992
Series:
Bollingen Series (General) Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
572
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.29(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editor's Preface
Note on Spelling and Transliteration
Abbreviations
Bk. 1The Ottoman Empire at Murad's accession3
Birth of a prince9
Balkan campaigns - Hungarian counteroffensive16
The crusade of Varna27
A child sultan41
The campaign in Greece44
Murad's last years56
Bk. 2Mehmed's final return to the throne64
The fortress on the Bosporus75
The fall of Constantinople87
Creation of an Ottoman imperial capital101
Repercussions in the West117
Ottoman expansion into the Aegean129
The siege of Belgrade137
Bk. 3Ottoman campaigns - Albania, Serbia, and Greece151
Papal efforts at Western unification167
The last of the Palaeologi173
Eastern adventurers and the fall of Trebizond183
The pope and the sultan197
Vlad the impaler203
Bk. 4The subjection of Bosnia215
Outbreak of war with Venice225
Papal efforts at Crusade233
The Ottomans on the Adriatic251
Anatolian undertakings269
The fall of Negropont279
The Mosque of the Conqueror293
Bk. 5Uzun Hasan in league with the West302
War in the East with Uzun Hasan309
The fall of Mahmud Pasha329
Deathblow to Genoa's Levantine trade341
Ottoman raiders at the gates of Venice and Austria347
Mehmed in Walachia and Moldavia351
The sieges of Kruje and Shkoder359
Bk. 6Peace at last with Venice369
Ottoman landing in southeastern Italy389
Unsuccessful attack on Rhodes397
Mehmed's last campaigns and death401
Bk. 7The personality and empire of Mehmed the Conqueror409
IThe ruler and the man409
IIState and society432
IIIArt literature and science462
IVMehmed the Conqueror and the West494
App. 1. Lists of Rulers and Popes511
App. 2. Glossary513
Index515

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A well-written book about an outstanding figure of the 15th century, the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II. The author was a distinguished scholar and well acquainted with his sources. Unfortunately, he died before providing the references, so the work does not strictly meet scholarly standards. However, throughout the text the author comments on the nature of his sources and provides estimates of their reliability. This critical approach is in no way dry and academic and contributes much to the reader's enjoyment. The author and/or translator produced a very fresh and lively prose. My only major complaint is that the maps are of only fair quality; I needed my historical atlas to locate various places mentioned in the text. There are a number of high-quality plates with photos of castles, fortresses, and portraits. Mehmed conquered Constantinople, Anatolia and the Balkans, and brought the Republic of Venice to its knees. He crossed swords with other interesting characters like John Hunyady, the Albanian patriot Skanderbeg, and the infamous Vlad Dracula. Mehmed wanted to conquer the world, and one wonders what more he might have done had his health been more robust. He was the very picture of the oriental despot, but was considered too liberal by his political enemies. A fascinating story.