The timeperiod is just before the conquests of Constantinople by the Ottomans. The main characters telling the story are Sultan Murat, heir Mehmet, a consort, a visir, Vlad Dracula, his father and some religious men.
multiple person account makes it hard to identify with one character.
And with all Greece philosophy, folk superstition and such it is a difficult read. What
remains is the thought what a nasty madman Mehmet the Conqueror was. But
when you look in a real history book that is all the more clear: he liked young boys. Not only the brother of Vlad the Impaler but also the son of a Byzantine Duke who he ordered to give him the child and when the father refused he murdered/ enslaved the whole family and carted the boy off to his bed anyways. However in those days young girls were treated similarly. Different times indeed.
" 1442: When Vlad Dracula arrives at the court of the Ottoman Sultan Murad
II, his life is turned upside down. His father Dracul cannot protect
him; he must battle his demons alone. And when the Sultan calls for the
services of a soothsayer, even the shrewd teller of fortunes is
unprepared for what he learns.
Meanwhile, the Ottoman Turks are
advancing through the Balkans with Vienna in their sights and
Constantinople, the Orthodox Greek capital, within their grasp. As
Eastern Europe struggles against the tide of a Muslim advance it cannot
counter, Western Christendom needs only one prize to overthrow its