Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where narrative and perception is as potent as hard, historical fact. From the Qu’ran to Shakespeare, this city with three names – Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – resonates as an idea and as a place, and overspills its boundaries – real and imagined. The gateway between the East, West, North and South, it has served as the capital of the Late Roman Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. For much of its history this cosmopolitan settlement was known simply as The City, but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city, but a global story.
In this new epic biography, Bettany Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey through the many incarnations of one of the worlds greatest cities. Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, Hughes investigates what it takes to make a city and tells the story not just of emperors, viziers, caliphs and sultans – but of the poor and voiceless, of the women and men whose aspirations and dreams have continuously reinvented Istanbul.
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