SULTAN MEHMED ÇELEBİ HAN
Father : Sultan Bayezid Han
Mother : Devlet Hatun
Date of Birth : 1387
Accession to the Throne : 1413
Death : May, 1421
was either eleven of fourteen years old at the battle of Ankara. At the period
of Interregnum that ensued after the victory of Timur, the sons of Bayezid fell
apart, each claiming the right to be his successor. At the end of a long
drawn-out and strenuous struggle, and after overcoming Emir Süleyman and also
Musa Çelebi, who had taken refuge in Wallace, Mehmet Çelebi declared himself
sovereign in the year 810 A.H. (1408 A.d.) and minted coins in his own name.
Mehmed’s life was spent in battles and internal feuds. He made campaigns in
Roumelia and he reunited the Ottoman State, which had become split, joining the
Anatolian and Roumelian provinces under the same flag once again. Historians
have compared him to Prophet Noah, who gave mankind a new lease of life after
the Great Flood.
He was tall and slender with a broad chest and long neck. His complexion was
of a rosy white hue and he had dark brown eyes, a ram-nose and a
well-proportioned chin. Mehmed I was a brave, self-controlled and wise ruler. He
had fleshy and strong hands, the look of a hawk and the bearing of a lion.
He had plain silk brocade coiled and wound around the gold embroidered üsküf.
Only the upper part of teh üsküf was to be seen; the lower part lay concealed
below the folds of the turban. His “kaftan”s (a loose, long robe) were made of
richly woven tissue.