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John Sphrantzes the son of George Sphrantzes

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Ιωάννης Σφραντζής - Ioannis Sphrantzes. Born May 1, 1439. martyred in December, 1453.

Ioannis Sphrantzes, son of George Sphrantzes (the secretary, diplomat and adviser of Constantine XI). After the fall of Constantinople in 1453 John was captured by the Turks and then bought by sultan Mehmed II for his beauty. The boy served in his palace for 6-7 months, after he was killed by sultan Mehmed on the grounds that he had conspired to do the same to him. Tragic love story… still, I’m really inspired by the fact that Ioannis is described by his father as a beautiful boy.

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TheFireCircleYagna's avatar
He's so gorgeous... no wonder Mehmed had been intimate with him...

The beloved godson of emperor Costantine XI :)
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Indeed. He is one of my favorite history figures :3
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I started researching about him and his father. He had three more siblings (one of them a girl named Tamar if I am not wrong), but Mehmed doted on him :) maybe for his looks... :blush:
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Yes, Tamar, his younger sister. And maybe also because the boy was smart, clever, talented as well :3
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Indeed... As a refined, sensitive poet, Mehmed might have found pleasure in such company
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Exactly, Mehmed was an aesthete Singing 
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A true Renaissance man.
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What a beautiful boy, so sad he had such a painful death.:( (Sad) 
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And what's terrifying John was executed by Mehmed's hand, most likely he beheaded him or maybe strangled him as it was a death for people of noble birth. This is very scary, indeed. But knowing that such were the rules of ancient warriors I can't blame Mehmed. During wars much more people died, like at the siege of Negroponte when Mehmed gave the order to kill all inhabitants of the fortress because they fought against him and above that insulted him and his whole army. But sultan only had mercy on infants and boys.
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He looks absolutely gorgeous on the first painting! :love:

Very saint-like and with such expressive eyes. And what a sad love story too...
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Thank you!
I think John was perhaps too fanatical to decide killing sultan, like he wanted to revenge for all, for what? This was a very wrong decision. Yet I love him as a person with his own personality.
Hermetic-Wings's avatar
How pity...
Thanks for sharing :D
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Yeah, I feel sorry for the boy, but because the regicide was a major crime, the boy could not be saved. I think Mehmed regretted it, but he has to defend himself as a ruler of Empire.
rica ederim :heart:
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totally agree...
choosing one thing means you left something. the choise of us rules our lifes generally. A sad story about a handsome young man imprssed me much. Thanks for sharing once again
Please have a nice weekend :D
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Anyway I understand the motives of both John and Mehmed.
You are welcome and thank you ^^
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And I 8understand Sultan Mehmed was a nasty man when he is not fighting ...lol...
Have a nice day today :D
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Well, many people are nasty, they just can't admit it ahahah
Thnaks, bro!
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I can easily confess that I am...:giggle:
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That's brave of you I am a dummy! 
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