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The writer tries to indicate that the Sultan was a ruthless ruler who instilled fear among his people. This is also clear when the Ottomans are capturing cities.
The writing also portrays the Sultan as a greedy person who is never contented with what he has. He did not consider what he has as being of value and always went for things that he did not have and this is the reason as to why the Ottomans conquered many cities.2 This is also the case for those involved in the wars. According to the kritovoulos bisbecq readings, they had their own ambitions of securing more riches or pleasing the Sultan so that they can get favors from him.
Kritovoulos was also able to portray the victorious Ottomans in a negative light as being merciless. When they entered the city, great slaughter occurred not only among the soldiers but also for those who were running away from the war (§237). After the slaughter, survivors were taken into slavery. They robbed people’s homes and churches, plundered, and insulted people. Every person was taken into slavery without any mercy, this included men, children, and women, the young and the old, people from every class, monks, and priests.3
Ottomans are also seen as a dictatorial community where people’s opinions are not taken into consideration. When the Sultan indicates that he wants a war in order to gain more territories, those who are against the idea because of the misfortunes that come with it cannot object. They are too afraid because of the zeal and the insistence of the Sultan, and thus, end up sanctioning the war.
The critisms in the reading are more subtle. The writer has praised the Sultan and the Ottomans in the writing but in the process has been able to criticize their actions. For example, he praises their strength to conquer cities but in the process brings out their ruthless actions.
Even though Kritovoulos and de Busbecq have presented the ottomans in the dark light, they have
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