The Grand Turk

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The Grand Turk

Sultan Mehmet II--Conqueror of Constantinople and Master of an Empire

By John Freely

Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781590202487, 265pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

Description
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.


About the Author
John Freely is Professor of Physics at the University of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. He is the author and co-author of more than thirty books on travel, including the renowned Strolling Through Istanbul and, most recently, Istanbul, the Imperial City and Inside the Seraglio.