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By John Freely

Sultan Mehmet II, the Grand Turk, identified to his countrymen as Fatih, ‘the Conqueror’, and to a lot of Europe as ‘the current Terror of the World’, used to be the main feared and robust ruler on this planet. The 7th of his line to rule the Ottoman Turks, Mehmet used to be slightly 21 whilst he conquered Byzantine Constantinople, which turned Istanbul and the capital of his potent empire. Mehmet reigned for 30 years, in which time his armies prolonged the borders of his empire midway throughout Asia Minor and as a ways into Europe as Hungary and Italy. 3 popes referred to as for crusades opposed to him as Christian Europe got here head to head with a brand new Muslim empire.

Mehmet himself used to be an enigmatic determine. respected by means of the Turks and visible as a merciless and brutal tyrant by way of the west, he used to be an excellent army chief but additionally a renaissance prince who had in his courtroom Persian and Turkish poets, Arab and Greek astronomers and Italian students and artists. during this, the 1st biography of Mehmet for 30 years, John Freely vividly brings to existence the realm during which Mehmet lived and illuminates the fellow in the back of the myths, a determine who ruled either East and West from his palace above the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus, the place an inscription nonetheless hails him as, 'Sultan of the 2 seas, shadow of God within the worlds, God's servant among the 2 horizons, hero of the water and the land, conqueror of the stronghold of Constantinople.''

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