The Sultan of Vezirs: The Life and Times of the Ottoman Grand Vezir Mahmud Pasha Angelović (1453-1474)

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BRILL, 2001 - History - 449 pages
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Mahmud Pasha Angelovic served as Grand Vezir under Sultan Mehmed II, in the years following the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, which were marked by an extensive imperial project, transforming the Ottoman principality into an empire. This book attempts to piece together the available evidence on Mahmud Pasha's Byzantine descent and family network, as well as his multi-faceted contribution to the founding of the new empire, through military leadership, diplomatic practices and architectural and literary patronage, considering also his execution and the creation of a posthumous legend presenting him as a martyr. Using Ottoman, Greek and Western sources, as well as archival material, this study focuses on the period of transition from Byzantine to Ottoman Empire and would be of interest to historians and other specialists studying that period.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Ottoman Imperial Ideology and the Office of Vezir
19
Mahmud Pashas Origins and Family
73
The Rise of Mahmud Pasha 1427P1463
107
Decline of Power and Final Years 14641474
155
Conquest
187
Diplomacy
208
Pious Foundation and Architectural Patronage
258
Literary Patronage and Divan
294
Dismissal and Execution
329
Mahmud Pashas Fame and Posthumous Legend
356
Conclusion
397
The Span family in Venice in the 16th century
409
Bibliography
418
Index
433
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Theoharis Stavrides, Ph.D. (1996) in History, Harvard University, is Researcher in Kykko Monastery Research Centre in Cyprus.

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