Pius episcopus seruus seruorum dei illustri mahumeti principi turchorum timorem diuini nominis et amorem [manuscript] [between 1462 and 1470]

Pope Pius II . From Epistola ad Mahumetem, by Albert R. Baca. Circa 1462.

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Papal letter to Sultan Mehmed II


Pius, Bishop and Servant of the Servants of God, Advises Fear and Love of the Divine Name, To [Mehmed II], the Illustrious Prince of the Turks. As we set out to write a few things to you for your salvation, glory, and for the mutual comfort and peace of many nations, we encourage you to hear our words with kindness…. As God commands, we love our enemies and we pray for our persecutors. … Above all, it has been demonstrated that you cannot attain glory and power among Christians, which you seem to want, especially over Europeans and the peoples of the Occident, if you remain in your religion. But if you are willing to be initiated into Christian rites, we can hold out to you ample hope for power and glory. Remember our words then, and receive trustworthy counsel: accept baptism in Christ and the cleansing of the Holy Spirit. Embrace the sacred Gospel and commit yourself wholly to it. Thus will you profit your soul and further the interests of the Turkish people. Thus will your dreams be fulfilled and your name be made celebrated for centuries. Thus will all of Greece, Italy, and Europe marvel at you, and you will be made famous in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic, and all the barbarians’ literature. No age will ever cease to sing your praises and you will be called the author and founder of peace. The Turks will call you savior of their souls, and the Christians, preserver of their lives. … But if you scorn our counsels, your glory will disappear like smoke and you, turned to ashes in the course of human destiny, will totally perish. Christ will rule eternally for whom is honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Image of Pius episcopus seruus seruorum dei illustri mahumeti principi turchorum timorem diuini nominis et amorem [manuscript] [between 1462 and 1470]

Papal letter to Sultan Mehmed II


Pius, Bishop and Servant of the Servants of God, Advises Fear and Love of the Divine Name, To [Mehmed II], the Illustrious Prince of the Turks. As we set out to write a few things to you for your salvation, glory, and for the mutual comfort and peace of many nations, we encourage you to hear our words with kindness…. As God commands, we love our enemies and we pray for our persecutors. … Above all, it has been demonstrated that you cannot attain glory and power among Christians, which you seem to want, especially over Europeans and the peoples of the Occident, if you remain in your religion. But if you are willing to be initiated into Christian rites, we can hold out to you ample hope for power and glory. Remember our words then, and receive trustworthy counsel: accept baptism in Christ and the cleansing of the Holy Spirit. Embrace the sacred Gospel and commit yourself wholly to it. Thus will you profit your soul and further the interests of the Turkish people. Thus will your dreams be fulfilled and your name be made celebrated for centuries. Thus will all of Greece, Italy, and Europe marvel at you, and you will be made famous in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic, and all the barbarians’ literature. No age will ever cease to sing your praises and you will be called the author and founder of peace. The Turks will call you savior of their souls, and the Christians, preserver of their lives. … But if you scorn our counsels, your glory will disappear like smoke and you, turned to ashes in the course of human destiny, will totally perish. Christ will rule eternally for whom is honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Metadata Details
Item Type Illuminated manuscript
Title Pius episcopus seruus seruorum dei illustri mahumeti principi turchorum timorem diuini nominis et amorem [manuscript] [between 1462 and 1470]
Publication Title Epistola ad Mahumetem
Short Title Pius episcopus seruus seruorum dei illustri mahumeti principi turchorum timorem diuini nominis et amorem
Creator Pope Pius II
Publication Creator Albert R. Baca
Publication Date Circa 1462
Language Latin
Call Number VAULT Case MS 133
Location Special Collections