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The Sultan's Seraglio: An Intimate Portrait of Life at the Ottoman Court

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The Sultan's Seraglio: An Intimate Portrait of Life at the Ottoman Court

by Ottaviano Bon, Professor Godfrey Goodwin (Introduction by)

About this title: From 1604 to 1607 Ottaviano Bon was the Venetian representative in Istanbul, where he recorded every aspect of life at the Topkapi Palace. His "The Sultan's Seraglio" provides a fascinating and lively account of the period of Ahmet I, covering topics as diverse as life in the harem; the exchange of gifts between Turkish and Western dignitaries; the menu at official state banquets; the buying of slaves in the weekly slave market; and the great religious festivals and circumcision ceremonies. The various Ottoman officials ... read more

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