For instance, during the siege of Constantinople by Mahomet II
., in 1453, stone shot of 1,900 pounds weight were employed.
Franz BABINGER, Mahomet II
, le Conquerant et son temps (1432-1481).
When Gibbon describes Mahomet II
on horseback directing the final siege of Constantinople from a beach on the Bosphorus, he provides a close-up of the sultan's body language, spurring his horse into the water and waving on his attacking soldiers.
The Sultan in the time of Innocent VIII (1484-92) was Bajaret, son of Mahomet II
. Bajaret's brother Djem challenged him, and was defeated at Yeni Shehr.
Reading him a lesson in sceptical idealism and the Pythagorean art of memory, he raises the ghost of Mahomet II
, who is nothing more, in fact, than a fancy of the Sultan's fevered imagination.
If I imagine being Sultan Mahomet II
, I identify with him in such a way as to imagine from the inside having his perspectives and thoughts and feelings when, say, entering Constantinople.
A French edition followed in 1954 under the title Mahomet II
le Conquerant et son temps (Paris: Payot); an Italian one in 1957 called Maometto el Conquistatore e il suo tempo (Turin: G.
Its plot does derive from Knolles, but Goffe stitches together the histories of two different rulers and attributes the actions of both to his protagonist Amurath: acts 1-2 come from Knolles's account of Mahomet II
(Mehmed II, 1432-1481), and acts 3-5 dramatize episodes from the life and death of Amurath I (Murad I, 1319-1389).