Suleiman the Magnificent : the man, his life, his epoch
- André Clot ; [translated from the French by Matthew J. Reisz, edited by Jana Gough].
- London : Saqi Books, c1992.
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Suleiman the Magnificent, most glorious of the Ottoman sultans, kept Europe atremble for nearly half a century. In a few years he led his army - the most powerful in the sixteenth century - as far as the gates of Vienna, made himself master of the Mediterranean, and established his court in Baghdad. Faced with that redoubtable champion, who regarded it as his duty to extend the boundaries of Islam farther and farther, the Christian world could not agree to unite against him: Charles the Fifth was forced to sign the humiliating Treaty of Constantinople, while His Most Christian Majesty Francis the First allied himself with the Grand Turk. 'The Shadow of God on Earth', but also the expert politician and all-powerful despot, Suleiman ruled the state firmly with the help of his viziers. Since God had invested him with power he felt obliged to ensure justice and see to the well being of his subjects. He extended the borders of the empire beyond what any of the Ottoman sultans had achieved, and yet it is as a lawgiver that he is remembered in the history of the Turks. His empire held dominion over three continents populated by more than 30,000,000 inhabitants, among whom nearly all of the races and religions of mankind were represented. There was no hereditary nobility. The government administration, remarkably organised, was completely in the hands of the Christians who had converted to Islam, and the elite of that group, having been advanced to honours and wealth, was the sultan's devoted slaves, faithful unto death. Prospering under a well-directed, authoritarian economy, Suleiman's reign marked the apogee of Ottoman power. City and country alike experienced unprecedented economic and demographic growth. Istanbul was the largest city in the world, enjoying a remarkable renaissance of arts and letters, a mighty capital, the seat of the Seraglio and dark intrigue.
- Preface p. vii
- A Note on Pronunciation p. viii
- At the Dawn of the Golden Century p. 1
- Part 1 The Sultan of Sultans
- 1 The Padishah's First Triumphs p. 25
- 2 The Magnificent Sultan in His Splendour p. 53
- 3 From the Danube to the Euphrates p. 81
- 4 The Struggle with Christian Europe p. 99
- 5 Francis I and Suleiman p. 129
- 6 The Tragic Period p. 153
- 7 The Twilight of the Empire p. 169
- Part 2 The Empire of Empires
- 8 The Orient at the Time of Suleiman p. 189
- 9 The Greatest City of East and West p. 199
- 10 A Dirigiste and Authoritarian Economy p. 227
- 11 Town and Country p. 241
- 12 The Age of the Magnificent Sultan p. 269
- Three Centuries of Decline and Fall p. 297
- Notes p. 313
- 1 The Pre-Ottoman Turks p. 335
- 2 Turkish Civilization before the Ottomans p. 336
- 3 The Janissaries p. 338
- 4 The Law of Fratricide p. 340
- 5 The Timar System p. 342
- 6 The Divan p. 344
- 7 The Dervish Orders p. 346
- 8 The Ottoman Fleet p. 347
- 9 The Army on Campaign p. 350
- 10 A Grand Vizier's Career: Sokullu p. 352
- 11 Henry II and Suleiman p. 353
- 12 Suleiman's Death p. 356
- 13 The Turkish Baths p. 358
- 14 The Mendes Family p. 360
- 15 The Capitulations p. 361
- 16 Islam and Painting p. 363
- Genealogy of the Sultans of the House of Osman p. 364
- Chronology, 1481-1598 p. 366
- Glossary p. 371
- Bibliography p. 377
- Index p. 386
- I The Ottoman Empire in 1566 p. 54
- II Istanbul at the Time of Suleiman p. 204
- III Caravan Routes p. 235
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- London : Saqi Books, c1992.
- Translation of: Soliman le Magnifique.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-385) and index.
- viii, 399 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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- National Bibliography Number: GB93-3083