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

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

John Freely / Aug 21, 2019

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

  • Title: The Grand Turk: Sultan Mehmet II-Conqueror of Constantinople and Master of an Empire
  • Author: John Freely
  • ISBN: 9781590202487
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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,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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        John Freely was born in 1926 in Brooklyn, New York to Irish immigrant parents, and spent half of his early childhood in Ireland He dropped out of high school when he was 17 to join the U S Navy, serving for two years, including combat duty with a commando unit in the Pacific, India, Burma and China during the last year of World War II After the war, he went to college on the G I Bill and eventually received a Ph.D in physics from New York University, followed by a year of post doctoral study at Oxford in the history of science He worked as a research physicist for nine years, including five years at Princeton University In 1960 he went to stanbul to teach physics at the Robert College, now the Bo azi i University, and taught there until 1976 He then went on to teach and write in Athens 1976 79 , Boston 1979 87 , London 1987 88 , stanbul 1988 91 and Venice 1991 93 In 1993 he returned to Bo azi i University, where he teaches a course on the history of science His first book, co authored by the late Hilary Sumner Boyd, was Strolling Through stanbul 1972 Since then he has published than forty books.


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    1. John Freely, who has written several useful books on Turkey and Turkish history, says his book was necessary because the previous biography of Sultan Mehmed II needed updating. I agree. Unfortunately, Freely's book, though a decent primer on the subject, lacks the depth of a good biography.There are very few good books on Ottoman Empire that are written for the general reader. For decades there was only one English-language biography of Sultan Mehmed II, despite his being one of the most importa [...]


    2. Interesting subject but book does not do it justice as it focused too much on a array of dry facts! However my pertinent question shall be whether there are other books on Fatih, other than in Osmanli (ottomanish), that could be more fluent and show better the character of this utmost important historical figure both for the East and the West. Last not least I would have appreciated more information about the Millet - Nations judicial regime introduced by Mehmet II - a revolution for his time.


    3. I had hopes for this book as it started out okay. Then I started stumbling across what I passed off as typos, then I realized the author was contradiction himself, saying one person died in 1 year and then the next year they were signing treaties. Times started hoping around, jumping forward and backward in time instead of maintaining a consistent time line, going off in depth on what was happening else where in Europe only vaguely tying it back to what was happening in the Ottoman Empire. It se [...]


    4. Author does a very good job outlining the events associated with the rise and eventual decline of the Ottoman Empire but engages in very little analysis of what underlay the quest for empire and the use of cruelties such as impalement to further it. I was surprised to learn that Memet II saw himself and his empire as the successor to Rome; and by how little attention is paid in Western History courses to the Ottomans when it was this pressure from the East that pushed Western Europe into Atlanti [...]


    5. Vivid descriptions of the conquest of Constantinople and the first seige of Rhodes. Mehmet seemed to have a disturbing habit of the violating the promises with which he obtained surrender. But then if Ferdinand and Isabella can be hero of christendom with those vices, why cant Mehmet be a hero of Islam with similar vices. We would have lived in a very different world had he not died at 49. Had his great grandson Suleyman had his ruthlessness, the knights of St John would have perished in 1520 an [...]


    6. Fairly impressed, although for the most part, this book is a bio of the warrior side of Sultan Mehmet. The last three chapters were quick overviews of the Ottoman Empire after his death, which does nothing for the biography. Very detailed about certain battles, about the rebuilding of Istanbul and about some of the erpsons important in his life. If viewed as a travel book of the area, it is very good for checking places to see. It is clear the writer loves the topic, the area and Turkey.


    7. It gets a little bogged down in family squabbles and minor trivialities, but as an overall look at a pivotal figure in the history of western civilization, it's solid. What the book does particularly well is capture the consternation, frustration and gobsmacked horror of a European world without any response to the rise of Mehmet II.


    8. Actually I have not finished this. I like the subject, but I believe there are flaws in the author's research, which makes the book far from appealing. Moreover, the author just listed facts after facts. He wasn't able to build a cohesive and coherent story. Perhaps one of other days I will have another look at the book, but for now I just want to take a break!



    9. A very insightful book into the mind of the one of the greatest rulers in the history of mankind. Amazing.





    10. Artıları: Osmanlı tarihini yabancı kaynaklardan okumak (özellikle biz Türklerin çok alışık olduğu bir durum değil), dilinin eğlenceli ve kolay okunur olması ve İstanbul'daki Fatih'ten kalan eserlerin anlatımı (belli ki hepsini gezerek aktarmış).Eksileri: Kaynaklar çok zayıf ve yetersiz ve yorum/çıkarım eksik (olaylar sırasıyla lise tarih kitabı şeklinde verilmiş, çoğu zaman bunları 'dan da okuyabilirdim hissine kapıldım.)


    11. Ditengah2 pencarian novel di sebuah bookstore, nengok lah buku ini di rak 'sejarah' dan dr cover dan judul udh mencolok bgt nih. Yud, aku comot dan liat sinopsisnya. Masukin deh ke kantong belanjaan hihihi Mungkin karena waktu kecil udh sering baca buku biografi tokoh2 besar (kebanyakan para raja, panglima perang yg hebat, sama penemu2) walaupun ga terlalu tebal juga sih, so ga membutuhkan waktu lama menghabiskan buku ini. Rata2 orang di dunia ini pernah dengar Sultan Mehmet II, kemungkinan besa [...]


    12. So much killing and war in the first third of the book very detailed, tedious description of the wars and killing of Mehmet and his next 2 successors. I do understand the gist of the story: Mehmet the Conqueror was a lover of knowledge, astronomy, geography, ancient writing, etc. So, I give him his intellectual due. I also came away with the understanding that the Turks do not seem to be any more warlike, "barbaric" than other army of the times. I was disappointed that there was very little abou [...]


    13. Modern biography of Mehmet II of the Ottoman, who, at 15, commanded the seizure of Constantinople and its overhaul as the new seat of Imperial power and his 40 year reign. Freely is particularly good with the Sultan's Renaissance court, building projects and manuscript collections, as well as the ongoing wars with Venice. What interested me was the interconnected Balkan relationships--many treaties included marrying a Christian daughter of a Serbian or Albanian warlord, some of whom became educa [...]


    14. first time i read about mehmet II about 7 years ago. i was read the book which published by local and moeslim author. when i read this book esp for one till fourth chapter i am totally disagree. This book give me different perception about Mehmet II, that's why i search everything about the author in order to know which 'side' the author stand. john freely is a history professor, he wrote a lot off book esp about turkey and islamic science. He is in the netral 'side', besides the fact that some [...]


    15. John Freely didn't really describe Mehmed II as a pious man. He described Mehmed II like some barbarian who killed anyone with no reason. But, it was okay for me, It tells Mehmed II mostly from western's views. I hope John Freely find more sources for Mehmed II, as I know he never once in his life left his prayers and always depended on God in everything.


    16. Yazar, Fatih'i tarafsız bir bakış açısıyla yazmaya gayret etmiş. Kitapta en ilgimi çeken ayrıntı Fetihten önce Bizans'ın nüfusunda ciddi azalış ve Bizans ordusunun 4.000 kişiyle şehri savunmak zorunda kalması oldu.





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