Der Briefbericht des Frater Simon über den Fall von Konstantinopel 1453

The Letter Report of Frater Simon about the Fall of Constantinople 1453

  • Although claiming the authority of an eye-witness account, frater Simon’s letter is almost certainly a ficticious description of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. This presumed lack of authenticity has obviously prompted modern scholarship for a long time to be oblivious to this contemporary and exclusive source on the events, preferring well-known and reliable sources such as Leonard of Chios and Isidore of Kiev. However, since frater Simon’s letter has survived in two different versions and ten manuscripts from the 15th century, it is clearly more than a marginal note. Rather is it a remarkable contribution to the literary treatment of the Turkish threat and timeless moral instruction.With his portrayal of the pagan Mehmed II as a just ruler, the recurring moral instructions and the lack of a call to arms. Simon’s text stands out against themyriad of more or less contemporary depictions. In preparation for a critical edition the paper gives an analysis of the text and an overview of the extant manuscripts.

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Author details:Martina GieseGND, Karoline Döring
Title of parent work (German):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe
Publication series (Volume number):Zweitveröffentlichungen der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe (133)
Publication type:Postprint
Date of first publication:2017/08/03
Publication year:2015
Publishing institution:Universität Potsdam
Release date:2017/08/03
Number of pages:36
Source:Byzantinische Zeitschrift 108 (2015) 1, S. 79-114. DOI 10.1515/bz-2015-0005
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Historisches Institut
DDC classification:8 Literatur / 87 Lateinische, italische Literaturen / 870 Italische Literaturen; Lateinische Literatur
9 Geschichte und Geografie / 93 Geschichte des Altertums (bis ca. 499), Archäologie / 930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499, Archäologie
Peer review:Referiert
Publishing method:Open Access
Grantor:Walter de Gruyter Online Zeitschriften
License (German):License LogoKeine öffentliche Lizenz: Unter Urheberrechtsschutz
External remark:Bibliographieeintrag der Originalveröffentlichung/Quelle
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