Conversion or War

  • Nathan Ron


A peaceful conversion of the Turks to Christianity was Erasmus’ wishful thinking. Accordingly, emissaries should be sent to the Turks and make them realize that their salvation is sought and not their empire or wealth. Notedly, Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, despite his crusading ambition and militant reputation, never argued for the forced Christianization of Muslims or Turks. In his letter to Sultan Mehmed II, which was never sent, he asked the sultan to convert to Christianity and thus to become the recognized emperor of the East. He desired, as Erasmus did, a non-forcible conversion of the Turks to Christianity.


Conversion Emissaries Mehmed Piccolomini Theodosius 

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  • Nathan Ron
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  1. 1.School of HistoryUniversity of HaifaMount Carmel, HaifaIsrael

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