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Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen at the risks of bipolar medications
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358, 366–7. Conquest 19 round Sög˘ üt in north-western Anatolia into Byzantine territory, spreading along the Sakarya river westwards towards the sea of Marmara. At the same time, however, he also advocated diplomatic relations, at least according to later accounts. While his brother Gündüz adopted the somewhat unsubtle approach of total destruction of the enemy, proposing that they should attack and destroy the area, Osman disagreed. ‘This’, he told his brother, ‘is a bad idea’, for plundering and devastating the region round Karacahisar, their latest conquest, would simply ensure that the town would not thrive and develop.

Aşıkpaşazade, Chronik, bab 18, p. 23. Al-‘Umari, ‘Notice de l’ouvrage qui a pour titre Masalek alabsar fi memalek alamsar, Voyages des yeux dans les royaumes des différentes contrées (ms. arabe 583)’, in E. ), Notices et Extraits des mss. de la Bibliothèque du Roi, XIII (Paris, 1838), p. 336. Conquest 21 the famous Arab traveller, Ibn Battuta, who was in Anatolia in the 1330s, Orhan was the greatest of the kings of the Turkmens and the richest in wealth, lands, and military forces. Of fortresses he possesses nearly a hundred, and for most of his time he is continually engaged in making the round of them, staying in each fortress for some days to put it in good order and examine its condition.

The captives were lined up and either executed or, if rich, put aside for ransom. Many nobles and knights were ransomed at considerable cost to their families, and at considerable profit for the Ottoman coffers. By 1400, the Ottoman state had grown from a small, insignificant state in north-western Anatolia to an imposing enemy, with lands stretching across much of Anatolia and over large areas of the Balkans. The Byzantines had been reduced to what amounted to vassal status and their capital was under Ottoman siege.

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