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Mehmed II the Conqueror: And the Fall of the Franco-Byzantine Levant to the Ottoman Turks: Some Western Views and Testimonies (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies)

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ISBN-13: 978-0866983464
ISBN-10: 0866983465
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Product Details

  • Series: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (Book 302)
  • Hardcover: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Mrts (June 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0866983465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0866983464
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,503,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over recent decades Marios Philippides (professor of Classics, University of Massachusetts), has provided valuable translations of lesser known histories from the later Byzantine period. His latest book, on Mehmed II and the fall of the Greek and Latin states in the Eastern Mediterranean, is a welcome addition to the growing corpus of translations of histories from the late Byzantine period into English. The original Latin is also provided.

The documents translated in this book include:
- Sekoundinos, Nikolaos, An Epitome on the Family of the Ottomans for Aeneas, the Bishop of Siena (1302 - 1453; additions by John Ramus 1300 - 1526)
- Pius II, A brief Treatise on the Capture of Constantinople (1451 - 1453)
- Tedaldi, A Treatise on the Fall of Constantinople (1453)
- Henry of Soemmern, The fall and sack of the City of Constantinople by the Turks in the year 1453
- Castellana, Jacopo dalla, The Loss of Negroponte (1470)
- Rizzardo, Giacomo, The Siege and Destruction of Negroponte (1470)
- Caoursin, Guillaume, A Description of the Siege of Rhodes (1480)
- D'Aubusson, Pierre, Letter to the Pope during siege of Rhodes (1480)

Highly recommended for researchers as well as those, who like myself, enjoy reading histories by contemporaries of historical events to see the world through their eyes.
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Edited and translated by Marios Philippides (professor of Classics, University of Massachusetts), Mehmed II The Conqueror And the Fall of the Franco-Byzantine Levant to the Ottoman Turks: Some Western Views and Testimonies is a collection of primary historical sources concerning the fall of Constantinople and the subsequent Ottoman advance in the Aegean from 1453 to 1481. Including both historical and ethnographic material, the contents of Mehmed II The Conqueror range from eyewitness accounts to the most studious and well-informed of third party analyses of the era. Each two-page spread consists of primary source material in its original Latin on the left, and English translation with extensive footnotes on the right. Appendices, a bibliography, and separate indexes keyed to people and places of note round out this scholarly contribution to humankind's knowledge of history. Highly recommended especially for college library world history collections, and an excellent advanced text for anyone studying Latin as well.
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