The Ottomans elude us, as mysterious now as they have been for four and a half centuries. Were they the bloodthirsty savages of one legend, spitting babies on their swords, and enslaving all who crossed their path? Or were they sybarites, with an eye only for a fine silk robe, a unique black tulip, a beautiful Circassian? The Ottomans were all - and none - of these. In this book the author teases out those qualities which were uniquely Ottoman. Not Turkish, not Middle Eastern, nor even a shadowy echo of the west. For the ...

The Ottomans: Dissolving Images 1996, Penguin Books, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780140168792

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