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Book Title: The Lords Of The Golden Horn: From Suleiman The Magnificent To Kamal Ataturk|
The author of the book: Noel Barber
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Date of issue: June 28th 1973
ISBN 13: 9780333138618
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.41 MB
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Audiobook Copyright: 1984
Book Description Blurb
The Ottoman Empire was a tremendous influence on many of the things
we take for granted in the Western World, bringing with it strange concepts
such as hygiene and an appreciation of the finer things in life.
This book gives a well written and entertaining overview of the rulers
of this massive empire, from its earliest days to its eventual demise.
Along the way we meet many of its rulers and marvel at their cruelty
and compassion, great leadership and debauchery. Its a great story,
one never dreamt of in fiction, and one well worth reading.
"Once on the throne, Ibrahim proved to be the most detestable and debauched of the Ottoman sultans. A picture of him shows the bleary countenance of a drunkard, his turban tipped crazily to one side. From the moment of his accession he seemed to have one thought in his head - to make up for lost time. A man who regarded sex as a duty to be practised almost daily, his excesses were so much that even the harem murmured in protest, to say nothing of the government."
I read Ottoman (sent on to Laura and Misfit)a few months back and loved it to a 5 star result and this could be used as a cross reference to that fictional fun as a source of information regarding clothes, manners, hierarchy. I had thought the Roxalana affair was fictional but that woman did exist and cause such havoc. SO interesting.
I had no idea when starting The Lords of the Golden Horn that it would bring us up to date (well nearly!) and as such this history is all the more important to those who live in the EU, and Turkey's negotiation into the union. The Armenian question (again, an important contemporary issue) needs to be owned up to gracefully and with sincere regret. Anti-Turkishness legislation also needs to be addressed.
THE bit about Armenians is doubly disgusting where it is disclosed that papers from the Roman Catholic Inquisition times were the basis for the flair involved concerning torture methods. Hmmm - there has never been a genocide accusation against THAT particular outfit has there!
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Read information about the authorNoel Barber was a British novelist and journalist. Many of his novels, considered exotic romances, as well as his works of 20th century history, are based on his first-hand experiences as leading foreign correspondent for the Daily Mail.
Most notably he reported from Morocco, where he was stabbed five times. In October 1956, Barber survived a gun shot wound to the head by a Soviet sentry in Hungary during the Hungarian revolution.