Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Iōannēs Kananos
(230 words)

John Cananus

Date of Birth: Unknown

Place of Birth: Unknown

Date of Death: Unknown; after 1422

Place of Death: Unknown


Nothing is known about John Cananus except what can be inferred from his account of the Ottoman siege of Constantinople in 1422, of which he was an eyewitness. It is unknown whether he was a relative of Lascaris Cananus, the author of a short description of a journey through northern Europe, who also lived in the 15th century. …

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Kolditz, Sebastian, “Iōannēs Kananos”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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