This volume brings together ten studies on the political, religious and socioeconomic interaction between the rising Ottoman empire and declining Byzantine state in the last decades of the fourteenth century. They focus on key but under-explored episodes of that encounter, particularly in connection with Murad I, Bayezid I, and Manuel II Palaiologos. Included is an assessment of the contemporary significance of Manuel II’s Dialogue With A Persian, recently brought to global prominence and controversy by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2006 lecture in Regensburg, and a previously unpublished analysis of Manuel's Epistolary Discourse to Kabasilas.
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Contents: Introduction, Colin Imber; Fragmentation (1204-1453); From NiÅ¡ to Kosovo Polje. Reflections on MurÄd I’s final years; A Byzantine source on the battles of Bilea (?) and Kosovo Polje: Kydones’ Letters 396 and 398 reconsidered; A Greek view on the Battle of Kosovo: Laonikos Chalkokondyles; Coping with political catastrophe in 1387: representations of nature in Manuel II Palaiologos’ Epistolary Discourse to Kabasilas; The Palaiologoi, YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m BÄyezÄ«d and Constantinople: June 1389-March 1391; Political dimensions of Manuel II Palaiologos’ 1392 marriage and coronation: some new evidence; What the Genoese cast upon Helena Dragash’s head: coins not confecti; Manuel II Palaeologos and his MÃ¼derris; The Muslim presence in Constantinople, 9th-15th centuries: some preliminary observations; Index.