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Accolti was chancellor of the Florentine Republic from 1458 to 1464, a period that coincided with the reign of Pope Pius II. During these years the republic actively supported Pius's crusade efforts, as did Accolti, whom Black describes as part of a "circle of ardent crusading enthusiasts" in Florence. Accolti's religious fervor and concern for the plight of Eastern Christians made official compositions on crusade a personal matter as well. " Perhaps the most prominent example of this is Accolti's history of the First Crusade, De bello a christianis contra barbarosgesto pro Christi sepulcro et Iudea recuperandis libri IV (1464 )93_ a fitting topic for a crusade lobbyist as it was the most successful of all the campaigns to the East.

It was only after the battles of Kosovo and Nicopolis (1396) that Murad's heir Bayezid would reject this precedent and begin placing Turks of steadier allegiance in positions of local power. s" Moreover, while some of their practices were oppressive, the early Ottomans demonstrated relative tolerance that reflected both their interest in peaceful and stable government and respect for long-standing Muslim traditions. In exchange for paying a special tax, Christians and Jews, or dhimmis, were permitted to continue practicing their faith but restricted in other ways.

89 By referring to previous popes who gave their blessings to great crusaders, Manetti tries to persuade Calixtus that he can achieve the same glory as Crusade and Charlemagne 27 past crusading popes by allowing Alfonso to lead his expedition. This argument is made even more intriguing by the fact that the larger part of Manetti's oration revolves around a classical theme, Cicero's oration on the Manilian Law-the proposal to appoint Pompey to crush the rebellion of Mithridates IV in Asia Minor.

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