One among many renegades: the Serb janissary Konstantin Mihailović and the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans

  title={One among many renegades: the Serb janissary Konstantin Mihailovi{\'c} and the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans},
  author={P. Buc},
  journal={Journal of Medieval History},
  pages={217 - 230}
  • P. Buc
  • Published 2020
  • History
  • Journal of Medieval History
ABSTRACT Konstantin Mihailović, a Serb born in Novo Brdo, was taken by the Ottomans and became a janissary in Mehmet II’s army. After he returned to the Christian side, he penned a report on Ottoman governance, religion, military structures and tactics. It explained by organisational advantages, fairness to subjects of all faiths coupled with deceit vis-à-vis enemies, divisions within Christendom, and providential history’s retributive measures, why the ‘heathen’ had the upper hand. But the… Expand


Turkish Loanwords in the Czech Manuscript of Konstantin Mihailović's Memoirs of a Janissary
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See the discussion of historiography in Lachmann, Memoiren (1975 edn
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153; see also 147. Laonikos Chalkokondyles, IX, v, § 24, trans. De Vigenère, 604 (erroneous); ed. and trans. Kaldellis
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23-5). Ydioma, like lingua
    A general rule, according to Veinstein
      A mark of trust as well that Konstantin was in charge, for 'two years', of distributing to janissaries their dole of one gold piece for a bow, a tunic, trousers and two shirts
      • Memoirs
      By c.1600, spying would be in fact practised by many renegades, and as a way to regain Christian favour as well as a passport back to the West: Graf, 'Of Half-Lives