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13.29 Edict of Sultan Mehmed II the Conqueror
25 September 1451
St Paul's Monastery, Archives
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The Sultan orders the Protos and the Holy Synaxis of Mount Athos to respect the distribution of lands made during the reign of Sultan Murad II, and in particular to return to the Monastery of St Paul certain pastures seized from it.

Although this document, which was delivered in Adrianople (then the Ottoman capital) begins with the calligraphic sign of the Sultan, it is written in bad vernacular Greek. The Sultans frequently used Greek for official documents within the Empire and for their foreign correspondence (e.g. with Venice).

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