John Sphrantzes and Mehmed el-Fatih
“My love! If I have sinned against you, oh, my affliction,
Kill me! For who can endure the suffering of a curse of love?”
Avni (Sultan Mehmed II), ghazal no.18. My translation from original:
Sevdigüm ise señi günâhum behey âfet
Öldürme beni cevr ile kim ‘ışk belâdur.
“After this he appointed some of the youths of high family, whom he had chosen according to their merits, to be in his bodyguard and to be constantly near him, and others to other service as his pages. He admired them for their prudence and other virtues and for their training. They were indeed of signal physical beauty and nobility and talent of soul, and in their manners and morals they were outstanding, for they were of high and renowned ancestry and splendid physique, and well trained in the royal palace”. (History of Mehmed the Conqueror by Kritovoulos. Part I. Charles T. Riggs)
From the chapter “Arrival of Embassies to the Sultan at Adrianople” which took place in 1453 just after the fall of Constantinople. It means there was John among the boys chosen by the sultan.
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