The Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and the phenomenal expansion of the Ottoman Empire thereafter produced a ready market in the West for works about the origins, history and institutions of the Turks. Theodore Spandounes, himself of a Greek refugee family from Constantinople who had settled in Venice, was one of the first to publish such a work. Its final version, published in 1538, was written in Italian. This book offers the first English translation of the complete text, with a historical commentary and explanatory notes.
"In essence, this is a treatise that was 'partially a plea to the Pope and kings of Western Christendom to unite against the Infidel and oust the Turks from Europe'(p. ix)." Middle East Journal "With this volume, Donald M. Nicol has made accessible a valuable treatise about the Ottoman "other", as presented by an expatriate Byzantine living in western Europe in the first half of the sixteenth century. Anyone interested in the Ottoman Turks, in their interactions with western Europeans, or with western European perceptions of the "other" will want to have access to this volume. It is warmly recommended." James R. Payton, Jr., Sixteenth Century Journal