I am grateful to numerous persons who’ve encouraged and assisted me along the path leading to the creation of this book.
If my work attains its goal of entertaining readers, much of the credit goes to those listed here. On the other hand, the responsibility for any shortcomings is entirely mine.
In alphabetical order:
Adnan Akgün, Stefan Andreescu, Julian Balog, Pamela Berns, Bob Bliss, Suzette Donisan, Tom F. Dodd, Neagu Djuvara, Bogdan Eremia, Cristi Eremia, Diane Foia, Justin Foia, Timothy Foia, Vlad Foia, Veronica Hice, Chris Higashi, Casey Carlson Iffert, Randy Ingermanson, Dan Ionescu, Helen Ionescu, Radu Adrian Iovescu, Helen Jarvis, Mustafa Kaçar, Adam Karpowicz, Love Klopf, Anton Klopf, Spana Lall, James Larosa, Robert Lucas, Toni Merritt, Ken Merritt, Murat Özveri, Vanessa Phin, Scott Polk, Robert Andrew Powell, Mim Eichler Rivas, Veeru Sachan, Sue Spitz, Florence Rose Thompson, Jim Thompson, Ioan Marian Tiplic, Kazuo Tsuzuki, Kelly Vajda, Laura Vernum, Jim Watson, Lauree Weaver, Judith Wills, Kenneth Wills, and Paula Worley
There are also a number of people who extended their courtesy to me during my research and writing, while remaining anonymous. They are the staff of the various institutions and organizations where materials relevant for my research were located:
  • Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi Foundation
  • Staff at the Seattle Public Library
  • Nicolae Iorga Institute of History of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania
  • Library of the University of Bucharest, Romania
  • National History Museum, Bucharest, Romania
  • Ethnographic Museum of Klausenburg, Transylvania
  • The denizens of Schassburg, Klausenburg, Hermannstadt, and Kronstadt in Transylvania
  • National History Museum, Budapest, Hungary
  • King Matthias Museum, Vishegrad, Hungary
  • Panorama 1453 History Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Military Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Naval Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Beyazid II Külliye Health Museum, Edirne, Turkey
  • Muradiye Complex, Bursa, Turkey
  • Monks at Stavronikita, Philotheou, and Simon Petras monasteries on Holy Mount Athos
  • Monks at St. Catherine Monastery at Mount Sinai, Egypt
  • Library of the 15th Arrondissement, Paris, France
♣ Special thanks to my editors, Arlene W. Robinson and Terry Lee Robinson. Their professionalism, competence, passion for literature, and empathy for the author make them an unbeatable team.
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