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The Passing of the Turkish Empire in Europe

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Pages: 220

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Bernard Granville Baker

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II My fellow-passengers in the boat train to Constanxa — The Ho.-phorus and places of interest by its shores : Kavak aud the Genoese castle, forts ancient and modern — Some mention of forgotten deities, and also of races long since dead, who passed by here — The Russians and their first visit to the Bosphorus— The Genoese and their doings in these waters — The Giant's Mountain and Joshua's grave — My adventure at Kavak, suspected of spying, and a similar experience at Badajoz — The castles, Anatoli and Roumeli Hissar — Mohammed the Conqueror and the siege of Constantinople — Approaching the Golden Horn, foreign warships — Byzas the seafarer — Some legends and tales about ancient Byzantium, mentioning important people like Alcibiades and Philip of Macedonia — Stamboul and the origin of its name : some of its story — Its present troubles. Roumanian mail-steamer " Dacia," a fast, well- appointed ship, carried me out into the Black Sea on a clear, dark night, her nose pointing towards the Bosphorus. My fellow-passengers by the train conveying me to Constanza had tried to fill me with alarm as to the state of Constantinople, they spoke of rumoured massacres, and advised me to don a fez, alluded with head-shakings to cholera, and generally warned me against my enterprise. Nevertheless, the next morning found me within sight of the entrance to the Bosphorus : a pearly grey morning, and the sun drew a flickering path of light from our port bow, broadening into a scintillating expanse of silver on the horizon. Groups of Turks stood in the bows straining their eyes for a sight of land. It was an intensely peaceful morning which made it difficult to imagine that behind the blue heights rising out30 THE BOSPHORUS of the water fierce war raged with all its attendant horrors...  

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