SULTAN II. MURAD HAN
Father : Sultan I. Mehmed Han
Mother : Emine Hatun
Date of Birth : 1403
Death : February 3, 1451
|Accession to the Throne :||First time (1421-1443) |
| ||Second time 1443 |
| ||The Last time (1444-1451)
Born in 806 A.H. (1403 A.D.), he ascended the throne in 834 A.H. (1431 A.D.).
He launched numerous campaigns both in Europe and Asia Minor. He recaptured
Thesalonica and made ceaseless raids to. Hungary and Albania. However, Murad had
the soul of a dervish and wished to lead a peaceful and modest life. He
abdicated of his own free will and abandoned the throne to his young son Mehmed.
But when his enemies broke the treaty they had previously signed and assembled a
crusading army to march towards the Ottoman Empire, he was called back to lead
the Turkish forces to victory. When Mehmed II ascended the throne for a second
time, after the death of his father, he was only eighteen years old.
Murad II was a gracious and generous person with a frank and smiling
countenance, light green eyes, a mediumsized beard, and a straight medium-sized
nose. His complexion was of a rosy white hue and his appearance was majestic
like that of a lion.
His turban was coiled and wound round a gold embroidered üsküf. Only the
upper part of the üsküf was to be seen; the lower part lay concealed below the
folds of the turban.