The Sons of Bayezid: Empire Building and Representation in the Ottoman Civil War of 1402-13

TitleThe Sons of Bayezid: Empire Building and Representation in the Ottoman Civil War of 1402-13
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsKastritsis D
Series TitleOttoman Empire & Its Heritage
Series Volume38
Number of Pages288
PublisherBrill
ISBN Number978-9004158368
KeywordsBayezid, Edirne, Ottoman, war
Abstract

This book is the first detailed reconstruction of the events and political culture of the Ottoman civil war of 142-1413. After Timur defeated the Ottomans at the Battle of Ankara and dismembered their empire, the sons of Bayezid the Thunderbolt fought bloody battles for his throne, using literature and other means to justify their claims against each other. An analysis of the literature in question, which is among the earliest in Ottoman history, reveals fascinating attitudes on matters such as dynastic fratricide and power-sharing.