Praise for Constantinople: City of the World's Desire
'An endless treasure chest of fascinating facts and extraordinary revelations . . . a cultural and social history as much as a political and military one, Mansel's oustandingly researched portrait of this intriguing city and its exotic denizens is gripping'
'Marvellous . . . the experience of the whole city grows with the book . . . you always feel close to the beat of Constantinople's raffish and mysterious heart'
'The victory, the defeat, the magnificene, the squalor, the cruelty and the tolerance of the Ottoman years are all recorded there. Constantinople is one of those cities to which I always long to return, and the longing grows on every page'