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1432: Birth of Mehmed the Conqueror

1432: Birth of Mehmed the Conqueror
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Mehmed the Conqueror was a contemporary of Pope Alexander VI Borgia and Vlad the Impaler (popularly known as Dracula).

Mehmed the Conqueror (Mehmed II) was born on this day in 1432. One of the most famous Ottoman sultans, he was born in the city of Edirne, which was at that time the capital of the Ottoman Empire. It was he who conquered Constantinople and moved the imperial residence there.

At the time of the sultan’s birth the Empire was surprisingly small – smaller than modern Turkey. In addition to Constantinople, Mehmen managed to conquer Serbia, Bosnia, the Peloponnesus, Wallachia, Albania, the Crimea, and some parts of the Black Sea coastline. He even invaded Italy in 1480 and managed to hold the city of Otranto for a short time.

Mehmed the Conqueror was a contemporary of Pope Alexander VI Borgia and Vlad the Impaler (popularly known as Dracula). His reign coincided with the last decades of the so-called Age of Chivalry in Europe.

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