Synopses & Reviews
Wedding elegant prose with impeccable historical research, this highly acclaimed history absorbingly charts the interaction between the vibrantly cosmopolitan capital of Constantinoplethe city of the world's desireand 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 center of the dramatic and often depraved story of an extraordinary dynasty. This is the definitive history of one of the worlds most exotic and exciting cities.
"Life in the city, against the backdrop of the changing political fortunes of the Ottomans, is well documented. . . . A rich mosaic of information." —New York Times Book Review
"Thoroughly documented, this is a splendid introduction to one of the first truly cosmopolitan cities." —Kirkus Reviews
"This very readable book will appeal to history buffs." —Booklist
Absorbing history of the vibrantly cosmopolitan city of Constantinople and its ruling family, ranging from 1453-1924.
About the Author
Philip Mansel is the author of Dressed to Rule, Louis XVIII, Paris Between Empires, and Prince of Europe. He writes for such publications as the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Spectator, and the TLS.