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How the Past was UsedHistorical cultures, c. 750-2000$
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Peter Lambert and Björn Weiler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266120

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266120.001.0001

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Legend and Historical Experience in Fifteenth-Century Ottoman Narratives of the Past

Legend and Historical Experience in Fifteenth-Century Ottoman Narratives of the Past

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(p.121) 5 Legend and Historical Experience in Fifteenth-Century Ottoman Narratives of the Past
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How the Past was Used
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Dimitri Kastritsis

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266120.003.0005

During the course of the fifteenth century, the Ottoman sultanate underwent many transformations in the political and cultural sphere. When the century began, Bayezid I (r. 1389–1402) was making the first serious if ultimately unsuccessful Ottoman bid at empire. By its end, Mehmed the Conqueror’s much more centralised empire was in the hands of his son Bayezid II (r. 1481–1512), who commissioned chronicles documenting its entire history down to his own time. These were largely compilations made up of distinct elements, many of which were much older. This chapter focuses on what such texts can tell us about how the fifteenth-century Ottomans perceived the eastern Roman and Islamic past and their own historical role in the region.

Keywords:   Ottoman sultanate, fifteenth century, Bayezid I, Bayezid II, Mehmed the Conqueror, chronicles, eastern Roman and Islamic past

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