The Grand Turk by John Freely
Sultan Mehmet II-Conqueror of Constantinople and Master of an Empire

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Sultan Mehmet II, known to his countrymen as the "the Conqueror" and to much of Europe as "the Terror of the World," was once Europe's most feared and powerful ruler.


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JOHN FREELY was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926. He dropped out of school at seventeen to join the US Navy for the last two years of World War II. He earned his Ph.D. from New York University and completed his postdoctoral studies at Oxford. He teaches physics at Bosphorous University in Istanbul. He has written more than forty books, including The Grand Turk and Istanbul: The Imperial City.
Published October 1, 2009 by Overlook. 265 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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The youngest son of sultan Murat, Mehmet was, as depicted by observers of the time, well educated in ancient knowledge, resolute and “in every way qualified to realise his soaring imperial ambitions.” He was also constantly at war, from the conquest of the Byzantine empire in 1453, to excursions ...

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