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Sultans, Viziers and Alchemists By Brendan Ray
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Winter 1451 - The territorial gains of the Ottoman Turks have pushed the once powerful Byzantine Empire into a small enclave around its capital of Constantinople. Less than 150 miles away,Sultan... More > Murat II rules in Adrianople over a prosperous and expanding realm. His sudden death brings back to the throne his disgraced son, Mehmet. The young Mehmet is determined to assert himself as the new Sultan and conquer Constantinople. His plans face resistance from his Prime Minister Halil-Pasha who wants to maintain peace with the Byzantine Christians. In Venice, a young physician and alchemist, Mario Orsini finds himself on the wrong side of the struggle between the Church and the emerging rationalism of the Renaissance, as the Inquisition seeks to extinguish scientific inquiry. He is forced into exile to the Venetian enclave in Constantinople. Based on pain-staking historical research, Brendan Ray brings to life the politically charged drama of the 15th century, as one empire dies giving life to another.< Less
Cutting the Throat By Brendan Ray
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Summer 1452 - The Ottoman Prime Minister Halil-Pasha has failed to contain his young Sultan’s lust for war against the Byzantine Empire. Reconciled that the conflict is inevitable, he tries to... More > undermine Sultan Mehmet’s chances of success, hoping that in the aftermath of failure, the army will rid him of the young upstart. Mehmet has, however, strong allies in his trusted advisor Zaganos-Pasha and the Janissary Commander Mesut. Together they manage to cut the Bosphorous Straight (throat in Turkish), isolating Constantinople from allies and supplies. In the city, Mario Orsini’s medical expertise wins him new friends and fame, but not enough to convince Vincent diCastillo, the Venetian Commander, that he would be a worthy husband for his sister Ella. Against the backdrop of Mario’s growing love for Ella, political feuding and religious in-fighting break out among the city's defenders.< Less
The Fall of Constantinople By Brendan Ray
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Spring 1453 – As Constantinople's famed wall crumbles, Emperor Constantine XI and his Italian allies look on in horror. For the first time in a thousand years, the fortifications of the city... More > have been breached. On the muddy plains beyond, the plunder-hungry hordes from across Anatolia and Southeast Europe wait for the command to charge. The iron-willed Janissary Corps also awaits the opportunity to take the flag of Islam into the besieged city. Emperor Constantine suddenly realizes his unpardonable blunder in relieving his trusted general, Adam Karian, of the command of the army and entrusting it to the sycophantic Stavros of Brussa, The Venetian physican, Mario Orsini, must act quickly to rescue his beloved Ella DiCastillo, but he must first outwit a relentless pursuer by escaping through Byzantium’s elaborate underground waterworks. As Mario battles for his life underground, Constantinople is put to the sword and retribution comes to all those who have challenged the authority of Mehmet the Conqueror.< Less
Sultans, Viziers and Alchemists By Brendan Ray
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Winter 1451 - The territorial gains of the Ottoman Turks have pushed the once powerful Byzantine Empire into a small enclave around its capital of Constantinople. Less than 150 miles away,Sultan... More > Murat II rules in Adrianople over a prosperous and expanding realm. His sudden death brings back to the throne his disgraced son, Mehmet. The young Mehmet is determined to assert himself as the new Sultan and conquer Constantinople. His plans face resistance from his Prime Minister Halil-Pasha who wants to maintain peace with the Byzantine Christians. In Venice, a young physician and alchemist, Mario Orsini finds himself on the wrong side of the struggle between the Church and the emerging rationalism of the Renaissance, as the Inquisition seeks to extinguish scientific inquiry. He is forced into exile to the Venetian enclave in Constantinople. Based on pain-staking historical research, Brendan Ray brings to life the politically charged drama of the 15th century, as one empire dies giving life to another.< Less
Cutting the Throat By Brendan Ray
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Summer 1452 - The Ottoman Prime Minister Halil-Pasha has failed to contain his young Sultan’s lust for war against the Byzantine Empire. Reconciled that the conflict is inevitable, he tries to... More > undermine Sultan Mehmet’s chances of success, hoping that in the aftermath of failure, the army will rid him of the young upstart. Mehmet has, however, strong allies in his trusted advisor Zaganos-Pasha and the Janissary Commander Mesut. Together they manage to cut the Bosphorous Straight (throat in Turkish), isolating Constantinople from allies and supplies. In the city, Mario Orsini’s medical expertise wins him new friends and fame, but not enough to convince Vincent diCastillo, the Venetian Commander, that he would be a worthy husband for his sister Ella. Against the backdrop of Mario’s growing love for Ella, political feuding and religious in-fighting break out among the city's defenders.< Less
The Fall of Constantinople By Brendan Ray
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Spring 1453 – As Constantinople's famed wall crumbles, Emperor Constantine XI and his Italian allies look on in horror. For the first time in a thousand years, the fortifications of the city... More > have been breached. On the muddy plains beyond, the plunder-hungry hordes from across Anatolia and Southeast Europe wait for the command to charge. The iron-willed Janissary Corps also awaits the opportunity to take the flag of Islam into the besieged city. Emperor Constantine suddenly realizes his unpardonable blunder in relieving his trusted general, Adam Karian, of the command of the army and entrusting it to the sycophantic Stavros of Brussa, The Venetian physican, Mario Orsini, must act quickly to rescue his beloved Ella DiCastillo, but he must first outwit a relentless pursuer by escaping through Byzantium’s elaborate underground waterworks. As Mario battles for his life underground, Constantinople is put to the sword and retribution comes to all those who have challenged the authority of Mehmet the Conqueror.< Less
Marching to Byzantium By Brendan Ray
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This is a three novels in one deluxe edition of the Marching to Byzantium Trilogy. Each of the Trilogy's three novels - Sultans, Viziers and Alchemists, Cutting the Throat and the Fall of... More > Constantinople are also available on Lulu.com. The story begins in Winter 1451 when the territorial gains of the Ottoman Turks have pushed the once powerful Byzantine Empire into a small enclave around its capital of Constantinople. Less than 150 miles away,Sultan Murat II rules in Adrianople over a prosperous and expanding realm. His sudden death brings back to the throne his disgraced son, Mehmet. The young Mehmet is determined to assert himself as the new Sultan and conquer Constantinople. His plans face resistance from his Prime Minister Halil-Pasha who wants to maintain peace with the Byzantine Christians.< Less

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