The Pictorial History of England; Being a History of the People, as Well as a History of the Kingdom Volume 8

The Pictorial History of England; Being a History of the People, as Well as a History of the Kingdom Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ... of the city of Constantinople, including the most densely peopled quarters, was in a blaze; hundreds of the inhabitants, unable to escape out of the narrow streets, were burning to death; agonizing shrieks were heard on all sides; and Sultan Mahmoud was gazing on these scenes of the infernal regions from one of the towers of the seraglio. The heart of the young sultan was not so hard then as it was found to be when he had reigned twelve or fifteen years longer. He ordered Cadi Pasha to cease hostilities, and he sent a khattisherif, or the most solemn of imperial decrees, to the janissary agha, enjoining him to employ all the means in his power to check that horrible conflagration. Cadi Pasha, with all the men that remained of his column, returned into the seraglio; and the janissary agha, not daring to disobey so solemn an order, attended to the conflagration, which was threatening destruction to every part of the immense city except the stone mosques, the seraglio, and the stupendous lines of walls which were built by the Greek emperors. But, emboldened by Cadi Pasha's retreat, and by the cessation of the firing from the seraglio, the mob and some of the janissaries went close up to the gates of that palace, threatening Mahmoud and his ministers, and shouting that Mustapha was their true sultan, and must be restored to the throne. This served as Mustapha's deathwarrant. Hitherto Mahmoud had rejected the advice of all his friends and servants, who told him that the only way to put down this insurrection and preserve himself was to put his brother and prisoner to death; but now he made a sign to Cadi Pasha, who left the presence, attended by the chief executioners, to return presently with the intelligence that Mustapha was strangled, and that...
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  • Paperback | 820 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 41mm | 1,438g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236576667
  • 9781236576668