Book: 1453 - Fall of Constantinople - Muhammad 2 imposes
the Orthodox Schism
1453 - Fall of Constantinople - Muhammad 2 imposes the Orthodox
Lina Murr Nehme - Aleph and Taw 267 pages
- Capture Inside the Book &
event that put an end to the union of the churches
"There was good
booty and plunder. Gold and silver and jewels and fine stuffs
were brought and stacked in the camp market. They began to sell
them. They made the people of the city slaves and killed their
Emperor, and the "ghazis" embraced their pretty girls."
"The tyrant made
his entry into the City with his viziers and satraps, preceded
and followed by his fire-eating slaves... Proceeding to the Great
Church (Hagia Sophia), he dismounted from his horse and went inside.
He marveled at the sight! When he found a Turk smashing a piece
of marble pavement, he asked him why he was demolishing the floor.
"For the faith", he replied. He extended his hand and
struck the Turk a blow with his sword, remarking, "You have
enough treasure and captives. The City's buildings are mine".
The Turk was dragged by the feet and cast outside half dead. He
(the Sultan) summoned one of his vile priests who ascended the
pulpit to call out his foul prayer.
"The son of iniquity,
the forerunner of Antichrist, ascending the holy altar, offered
the prayer. Alas, the calamity! Alas, the horrendous deed!...
An infidel Turk, standing on the holy altar in whose foundation
the relics of Apostles and Martyrs have been deposited! Shudder,
O sun! Where is the Lamb of God, and where is the Son and Logos
of the Father who is scarified therein, and eaten, and never consumed?
Truly we have been reckoned as frauds! Our worship has been reckoned
as nothing by the nations. Because of our sins the temple which
was rebuilt in the name of the Wisdom of the Logos of God... has
become the House of Muhammad!"
Bessarion, speaking to the Fathers of the Concil of Florence
"The enemies of
the Cross of Christ laugh at us despise us; they claim we are
Christians in name and that we have the same Master, but that
we differ so much by our divisions and our dogmas that we consider
each other as adversaries and enemies... For what reason should
we be separated from these people? What excuse can we give for
not uniting ourselves with them? What shall we answer to God,
who will ask us why we remained separated from our brothers?...
What excuse can we give to posterity, and even to our contemporaries?
I do not even know if we will still have posterity after so many
great, so many grave calamities, so many perils that we are throwing
onto the shoulders of our descendants! Let us not accept that,
Fathers here present, Excellent Fathers; let us not pronounce
this sentence, let us not have such deplorable designs for ourselves
and our descendants!"
Muhammad 2, speaking to his man:
"You have heard
that the Christians have united against us. But fear not! Your
heroism will be above theirs... They are indolent, sleepy, easily
shocked, inactive; they like to drink much and to eat much; in
misfortunes they are impatient, and in times of good fortune proud
and overbearing. They are lovers of repose, and do not like to
sleep without soft feather-beds; when they have no women with
them they are sad and gloomy; and without plenty of good wine
they are unable to keep counsel among themselves. They are unable
to bear hunger, or cold, or heat, effort and menial work. They
let women follow them in their campaigns, and at their dinners
give them the upper places, and they want always to have warm
dishes. In Short there is not good in them.
"But you, my glorious fellows, you can show a great many
good qualities. You do not think much of your life or your food.
You sleep little, and for that you want no beds; the earth is
your dinning-table, and any board your bed; there is nothing you
consider a hardship; there is nothing you think it impossible
"And again, the
Christians fight constantly among themselves, because everyone
desires to be a king, or a prince, or the first amongst them.
One says to another: "Brother, help thou me today against
this Prince and tomorrow I will help you against that one!"
Fear them not; there is no concord amongst them. Everyone takes
care of himself only; no one thinks of the common interest. They
are quarrelsome, unruly, self-willent, and disobedient. Obedience
to their superiors and discipline they have none, and yet everything
depends on that!"
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