Chronicon Paschale 284-628 by Michael Whitby, Mary Whitby

By Michael Whitby, Mary Whitby

The Chronicon Paschale is without doubt one of the significant elements of the Byzantine chronographic culture overlaying the past due old interval.

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The letter was composed in Ottoman Turkish, a stylized Arabic script that was used in all formal correspondence by its sender, the thirty-three-year-old Ottoman sultan Murad III. This was the very first communication between a Turkish sultan and an English ruler. It was written in response to the arrival in Constantinople that spring of an English merchant, William Harborne, who had requested commercial privileges for his country superior to those that had thus far been awarded to any other Christian nation by the Ottomans.

Referring to what he called “this race of barbarians, their very origin obscure,” Erasmus argued that the Ottoman “sect” was “a mixture of Judaism, Christianity, paganism, and the Arian [non-Trinitarian] heresy. ” As was true of his medieval theological predecessors, Erasmus’s interest in Islam was secondary to the assumption that the faith was just a projection of a divided Christianity. ”28 Erasmus’s solution to the Turkish problem took on far greater significance when set against sixteenth-century Christian divisions.

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