Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924

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John Murray Press, Nov 10, 2011 - History - 544 pages

Philip Mansel's highly acclaimed history absorbingly charts the interaction between the vibrantly cosmopolitan capital of Constantinople - the city of the world's desire - and its ruling family.

In 1453, Mehmed the Conqueror entered Constantinople on a white horse, beginning an Ottoman love affair with the city that lasted until 1924, when the last Caliph hurriedly left on the Orient Express. For almost five centuries Constantinople, with its enormous racial and cultural diversity, was the centre of the dramatic and often depraved story of an extraordinary dynasty.

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CONSTANTINOPLE: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924

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The cultural history of a fascinating city. Constantinople has long occupied a special place in the imagination of the West, viewed as a city of immense wealth, power, mystery, and decadence. Mansel ... Read full review

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Mansel (Witnesses, State Mutual Book and Periodical Service, 1994) has written a highly readable anecdotal history of Constantinople during the Ottoman period. For over 1000 years, Constantinople had ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Philip Mansel is a historian of courts and dynasties. His books include a study of the Court of France, a history of Constantinople, Paris between Empires, a life of the Prince de Ligne, and most recently, Levant: Splendour and Catastophe on the Mediterranean. He has written for numerous publications, including Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, TLS and Spectator. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of Historical Research and editor of The Court Historian. His website can be consulted at

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