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Mehmed II, or Mehmed the Conquerer, reigned from 1444 to 1446, and again from 1451 to 1481. He conquered Byzantine Constantinople in 1453. p. 229 This is one of only two poems that Knolles wrote in first-person, from the sultan’s perspective. The other was Murad III (the last poem in this post). I don’t know if there’s an obvious connection that would explain why Knolles distinguished these two sultans from the others, but it’s an interesting choice to make!

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