Bayezid II (Dictionary of World Biography: Renaissance)
Article abstract: Without being among the great sultans of the Ottoman Empire, Bayezid II filled an important transitional role. The fame of his father, Mehmed II, as well as the symbolic memory of his namesake Bayezid I, would have made it difficult for Bayezid to earn a reputation for strong rule or aggressive foreign policy. That much of Bayezid’s time was spent trying unsuccessfully to respond to conflicts toward the East is probably the main historical significance of his reign.
Little or nothing is known about Bayezid II’s early life or education prior to his first official appointment to a key government training post. This appointment occurred a few years before the death of his father, Mehmed II, the more famous sultan who conquered the capital Istanbul in 1453, at about the time of Bayezid’s birth. As governor of Amasya province (between Ankara and the Black Sea), Bayezid received important military experience, particularly at the distant Battle of Otluk Beli in 1473. This encounter marked a turning point in the long Ottoman struggle to subdue the Turcoman populations in the zone spanning western Iran and eastern Anatolia that had rallied around the famous tribal chief Uzun Hasan.
The most significant chapter of Bayezid’s early life came when his father died in 1481. His younger brother Cem, Governor of Karaman, with its influential religious capital Konya, challenged Bayezid’s...
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