By Roger Crowley
A gripping exploration of the autumn of Constantinople and its connection to the realm we are living in today.
The fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in historical past and the tip of the Byzantium Empire. Roger Crowley's readable and accomplished account of the conflict among Mehmet II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Constantine XI, the 57th emperor of Byzantium, illuminates the interval in historical past that was once a precursor to the present clash among the West and the center East.
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Yet he disliked bringing Gulbehar here, to be pent up with scores of other women, all of whom had duties and privileges of their own having been attached in one way or another to the service of the Osmanlis. Freed from the necessity of repeating her lesson, the slender girl curled up on the carpet by him and showed him a present she had made, a brocaded bag with drawstrings. “Open it/’ she urged, when he admired it. To his surprise it contained rolls of paper on which he had written verses. He had labored at the verses, in Persian which he disliked.
When he left the Circassian girl, he was expected to steal back at daybreak to his outer sleeping room. There the boy pages would turn their backs quickly, if they happened to be awake by the night lamp. Later the wardrobe page would bring him a waistcloth and huge bath towel, and Suleiman would go obediently to his private bath, there to be shaven and scraped, steamed and washed, rubbed and rinsed down, and finally allowed to dry and cool himself at his leisure. Otherwise, he never saw Flower of Spring.
He had labored at the verses, in Persian which he disliked. And he knew they were not good. It was typical of Gulbehar that she kept the old poems carefully, and made an absurd bag for them. She could not read them. ” he asked suddenly. ” When she moved restlessly, the scent of dried jas mine came from her clean body and hair. Jasmine, he thought, not roses. “They are writings by your hand, splendidly made as as Truly she had never heard such names as Maulavi, the mystic, or Ghazali either. “As old Kasim could make,” she ventured hopefully.
1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West by Roger Crowley