Radu was a 23-year-old commander within the Islamic Janissary cavalry when Mehmed’s vast army moved against his brother Dracula. Personal life. He wanted— No, please, no. The beauty in the bosom, and what a beauty! I colored one of my last year’s sketch. In this cold and rain the beloved is sweeter, The beauty in the bosom, and love in the brain. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. When Mehmed II was eleven years old he was sent to Amasya with his two lalas (advisors) to govern and thus gain experience, per the custom of Ottoman rulers before his time. Recorded into the Throne of Heroes, Rider wishes for several things; a reunion with Vlad Tepes, to see Radu again, to continue his conquests. Radu tripped forward, feet dragging, until he stood outside the room. Mehmed would go down as one of the greatest Ottoman Emperors second only perhaps to Suleiman the Magnificent (his great grandson). Sultan Mehmed Fatih (Mehmed the Conqueror) and his beloved favorite Radu the Handsome, the son of the prince of Wallachia, Vlad Dragul (Vlad Dracula II). Vlad Dracula responded. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. In this cold let us flee to his quarter, For none his like was ever born of mother. The Byzantine chronicler Laonicus Chalcondyles, confirms this story: Mehmed II is said to have taken Radu, answering for his father, Vlad II Dracul's good behavior. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. I tried to depict the beautiful Romanian man in the embrace of the Turkish ruler, and making everything according to historical examples. Radu was allowed to live in the newly built Topkapı Palace in Istanbul. Historically, Radu was known to be an intimate friend of Mehmed II. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. Graceful and fair and supple and fresh and shining-new. Radu cel Frumos was a well educated ruler who sought to advance the position of his countrymen within the Ottoman Empire. Radu stood beside Mehmed at the fall of the last Eastern bastion of Christianity: Constantinople. Radu later participated alongside Mehmet II, now Sultan, in the Ottoman siege which eventually led to the Fall of Constantinople in 1453. Yes. Mehmed II and Radu Dracula. He wanted Mehmed to kiss him the way he had kissed Lada. According to the Byzantines, Radu was one of the sultan’s male concubines. He wanted to be inside it. Mehmed II & Radu III (Radu cel Frumos)(Radu was the younger brother of Vlad III the Impaler (Dracula) and voivode of Wallachia) The story occurs in the 1451 after the Mehmed’s coronation. So the young Emperor is 19-20 and little Prince Radu is 15-16. He wanted Mehmed to look at him the way he had looked at Lada. In 'As I Darken', Lada, her slightly younger brother Radu, and Mehmed, son of the sultan, become friends as children. Radu ruled from 1462 until 1473, with little to show for his reign. And, for me, Radu only goes to Wallachia because he was the next in line of succession. Mehmed II was born on 30 March 1432, in Edirne, then the capital city of the Ottoman state.His father was Sultan Murad II (1404–1451) and his mother Hüma Hatun, a slave of uncertain origin.. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. He wanted to be the only real thing to Mehmed, just as Mehmed was the only real thing to him. Before the final siege of Constantinople Mehmed ordered Ottoman troops to attack the Morea.