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15th century. Russia. Self-declared eyewitness of the 1453 siege and fall of Constantinople and author of a Russian-language account titled the Tale on the Conquest of Constantinople [ Повесть о взятии Царьграда ]. Everything we know about him comes from the epilogue to the Tale, in which he reveals his name and says that he was taken captive as a boy by foraying Ottoman Turks in Southern Russia. At some point during the siege, Nestor-Iskinder managed to escape from the camp of the Ottoman attackers. He claims to have witnessed the rest o…

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De Dobbeleer, Michel, “Nestor-Iskinder”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 22 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_001465>
First published online: 2016

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