Istanbul : A Traveller’s Reader
by Laurence Kelly
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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Istanbul, A Voyageur of the Reader is a vast and meticulous selection of writings, offering a great wealth of layers of view from Byzantine Constantinople and Turkish Istanbul.During the thousand years of the Byzantine Empire which followed its foundation by Constantine the Great, Istanbul became a city of fabulous wealth; after falling into the hands of the Turks in 1453, its glory continued, maintained by the strength and wealth of the Ottomans.Drawing on diaries, letters, biographies, travels and poems from the sixth century of our era is from this evocative anthology restores contemporary visitors the disappearance of the glories of Constantinople.It provides vivid accounts of witnesses to the coronation of the Byzantine Emperor; the funeral of a sultan; the triumphant entrance of Mehmet the Conqueror, the building of Suleymaniye, the most magnificent building in the city mocked; and the death of Atatürk in 1938.
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