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Title: The Sultan of Vezirs: The Life and Times of the Ottoman Grand Vezir Mahmud Pasha Angelovic (1453-1474)
Author: Stavrides, Theoharis
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2001
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004121065
Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 452
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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.Readership: Institutes and academic libraries, specialists or students interested in Byzantine or Ottoman history, especially the history of the Balkans, and the transition from Byzantine to Ottoman rule.Theoharis Stavrides, Ph.D. (1996) in History, Harvard University, is Researcher in Kykko Monastery Research Centre in Cyprus.