Book Size: 5" x 7.75"

Pages: 400

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781566565745

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Editor: Laurence Kelly (ed.)

Illustrations: b&w illustrations , maps

Release date: 2004

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A Traveller's Companion to Istanbul

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"Vividly tells the story of that exotic city."- Spectator "[Laurence Kelly] provides as rich and satisfying a patchwork as the metropolis it describes."- The Times (London)

About this book

The history of the city where East meets West spans 28 centuries. Istanbul, the ancient and timeless heart of modern Turkey, is a city with its mythological origins in the seventh century BC. Founded as Constantinople, the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire by Constantine the Great, during the 1000-year Byzantine Empire that followed it was a city of fabled riches. After its fall to the Turks in 1453, the splendors of the Ottoman Empire kept it glorious. Drawing on diaries, letters, memoirs, histories and novels from the sixth-century AD onwards, this inspiring anthology recreates the vanished glories of the city, and includes: coronation of a Byzantine emperor; funeral of a sultan; triumphal entry of Mehmet the Conqueror; building of the SaÌÎÌãåäÌÝ_ÌÎ̴̢_leymaniye, the most magnificent of the city's mosques; harems in the sixteenth century; death of AtataÌÎÌãåäÌÝ_ÌÎ̴̢_rk in 1938; Byzantine holy relics; Turkish baths and coffee-houses. All this and much more is vividly described in the words of those who were actually there, to offer an original and indispensable companion for the discriminating traveller.

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About the author

Laurence Kelly, author of Lermontov: Tragedy in the Caucasus and editor of the Traveller’s Companion series, was born in Brussels and educated at New College, Oxford, where he studied history. The son of a former British ambassador to Russia, he has been a regular visitor to St. Petersburg for many years.

Reviews

"Vividly tells the story of that exotic city."- Spectator "[Laurence Kelly] provides as rich and satisfying a patchwork as the metropolis it describes."- The Times (London) "Beguiling . . . should prove indispensable in the field."- Times Literary Supplement (London)

Additional information

Author

Kelly, Laurence

Edition

1

Inprint

Interlink Books

Pages

400

Type

PB

Illustrations

b&w illustrations , maps

Editor

Kelly , Laurence (ed.)

Release date

2004

Author Home

UK

Format

5" x 7 3/4"

Reviews

"Vividly tells the story of that exotic city."- Spectator "[Laurence Kelly] provides as rich and satisfying a patchwork as the metropolis it describes."- The Times (London) "Beguiling . . . should prove indispensable in the field."- Times Literary Supplement (London)

MainReview

"Vividly tells the story of that exotic city."- Spectator "[Laurence Kelly] provides as rich and satisfying a patchwork as the metropolis it describes."- The Times (London)