Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Letter to Mehmed II
(1,148 words)


Pius II

Date: 1461

Original Language: Latin


Pius’s letter to Mehmed II, which he wrote in 1461, is a long and controversial work, whose ostensible goal is to offer the sultan papal support and political legitimacy in exchange for his baptism. Separated by Baca into 19 sections or books, the first three books offer tactical reasons why conversion to Christianity would increase Mehmed’s political power…

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Bisaha, Nancy, “ Letter to Mehmed II”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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