The first printed biography of Sokollu Mehmed Pasha (1506-1579) was written by an Ottoman scholar Ahmet Refik Altinay and printed in 1924 in Istanbul.
Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, or Mehmed-paša Sokolović, was one of the most prominent figures of the 16th century in the Ottoman Empire. Sokollu was born in the south-eastern part of Bosnia of what is today on the Serbian border, to a Christian Orthodox-Serbian family. He was taken to Istanbul as a young boy to become a janissary, which was a part of the “blood tax” (devşirme) by the provinces in the Ottoman Empire.
Known for his intelligence and skills Sokollu Mehmed Pasha eventually achieved titles of a commander of the imperial guard, High Admiral of the Fleet, Governor-General of Rumelia, Third Vizier (1555–1561), Second Vizier (1561–1565), and Grand Vizier, which he held for over 14 years between 1565 and 1579 under three sultans.
Sokollu Mehmed Pasha was a patron of arts and architecture, such as the Sokollu Mehmed Pasha Mosque in Istanbul and the bridge over Drina at Višegrad, close to his birth place. In the 20th century, he became an inspiration for the novel The Bridge over Drina (Na Drini ćuprija) by a Yugoslav writer Ivo Andrić, which brought the author a Nobel price.
Ahmet Refik Altınay (1881-1937) was an Ottoman writer and professor of history.
References: OCLC 251570025, 23509215, 606325902, 27930750, 977545312.
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