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Turkish Letters by De Busbecq


Turkish Letters by De Busbecq

Intelligent but unpretentious, gossipy yet honest, inquiring and unprejudiced - de Busbecq is the sort of man we would all like to meet on our travels. As Habsburg ambassador to the 16th-century court of Suleyman the Magnificent he missed nothing: the intrigue of Roxelana at court, the unloading of Spanish prisoners of war, the yoghurt diet of country Turks, the brutal realities of 16th-century realpolitik, and the charming, but expensive, habit of being wecomed with gifts of flowers by Janissary guardsmen. De Busbecq brings Constantinople, at the heyday of Ottoman power, bursting into life. This is eyewitness history at its best.

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Publication date

1st June 2001


De Busbecq

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Eland Publishing Ltd


192 pages


Classic travel writing
Asian history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Diaries, letters & journals



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