A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul by Ebru Boyar, Kate Fleet

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By Ebru Boyar, Kate Fleet

Utilizing a wealth of up to date Ottoman assets, this e-book recreates the social historical past of Istanbul, an enormous, cosmopolitan city and imperial capital of the Ottoman Empire. Seat of the Sultan and a luxurious foreign emporium, Istanbul was once additionally a urban of violence shaken on a regular basis through usual failures and via the turmoil of sultanic politics and violent riot. Its population, entertained through imperial festivities and cared for by means of the nice pious foundations which touched each point in their lives, additionally amused themselves within the quite a few excitement gardens and the various public baths of town. whereas the publication is concentrated on Istanbul, it provides a wide photograph of Ottoman society, the way it used to be based and the way it constructed and remodeled throughout 4 centuries. As such, the booklet bargains an exhilarating replacement to the extra conventional histories of the Ottoman Empire.

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46; ‘Lettera al cardinale Nicola di Cuesi’, pp. 52, 54. Piccolomini, ‘Lettera a Nicolò V’, p. 44. Piccolomini, ‘Lettera al cardinale Nicola di Cuesi’, p. 52. Nicolò Barbaro, ‘Giornale dell’assedio di Costantinopoli’, in Pertusi, Caduta, II, p. 35; Nicolò Barbaro, The Diary of the Siege of Constantinople 1453, trans. J. R. Jones (New York, 1969), p. 67. 9 A distressed Bishop of Caffa, the Dominican Giacomo Campora, described the Turkish pillaging and the slaughter of the faithful. Bursting into the sacred places, the Turks dragged from the tombs and reliquaries the bodies of the saints who had slept in peace in their sepulchres and their caskets where they had been conserved with devotion and with their hands still dripping in blood ripped out and shamelessly possessed the jewels and gold ornamentation with which the holy reliquaries were adorned.

105. Aşıkpaşazade, Chronik, bab 124, pp. 133–4; Neşri, Čihannüma, p. 181; Neşri, Kitab-i Cihan-nüma, II, pp. 708–10; Tursun Bey, History, f. 53a-55b; Kritoboulos, History, 280–283, p. 83; 56, p. 105. Kritoboulos, History, 56, p. 105. Conquest 27 2. Constantinople, in Salomon Schweigger, Ein newe Reyssbeschreibung auss Teutschland nach Constantinopel und Jerusalem (Nurnberg, 1639), p. 102. 132 Mehmed thus set out to stamp the city with the seal of his power. His aim was undoubtedly to create a capital that would impress both Ottomans and foreigners with its magnificence and dazzle them with the might of his empire.

Without military success and skill the early Ottoman state would clearly not have succeeded as it did. But there is far more to the early state than just military might. Apart from being aware, and acute, economically, Ottoman rulers were also adept at political manipulation and diplomatic manoeuvring, as was to become apparent in their dealings with the Byzantines. The Ottoman-Byzantine relationship, which stretched back over a century and a half to the very beginnings of the Ottoman state, was by no means merely one of conflict.

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