Mehmed the Conqueror’s Childhood Doodles Changed My View on History Education

The idle daydreams of a future sultan are just as human as your middle school scribbles. ✏️

Here are the earliest opinions, values, concerns, and curiosities of the boy who would grow up to name himself the “Alexander of the East” and the “New Caesar of Rome”.

Few things in the history classroom could be more deeply impactful for a bored and doodling student than the birth of a discussion on the records that we have of the quattrocento doodles of a future sultan.

It becomes our everyday, which turns into history in the blink of an eye.

Duke University ’23 🏫 Writer @sailors.n.yachts ⛵️ worldschooling/unschooling ✏️ 9 countries, 3 continents, 2 boarding schools, 10 languages 🏫