The Grand Turk: Sultan Mehmet II-Conqueror of Constantinople and Master of an Empire

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Harry N. Abrams, 1 oct. 2009 - 288 páginas
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.

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Reseña de usuario  - ShaneTierney - LibraryThing

This book contains all the who, what, where, and when--and yet it felt inadequate. It is the skeleton of a good history, but not the flesh. Perhaps we are doomed to repeat the names and dates of ... Leer reseña completa

THE GRAND TURK: Sultan Mehmet II--Conquerer of Constantinople and Master of an Empire

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Turkey expert Freely (History/Univ. of the Bosphorus; Storm on Horseback: The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey, 2008, etc.) delivers an oblique portrait of the Ottoman ruler who considered himself another ... Leer reseña completa

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John Freely is an American physicist, teacher, and author of popular travel and history books on Istanbul, Athens, Venice, Turkey, Greece, and the Ottoman Empire. He is the father of writer and Turkish-to-English literary translator Maureen Freely.

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