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Inside the Seraglio: Private Lives of the Sultans in Istanbul

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Ahmet III (1703-30) was the 23rd sultan of the imperial Osmanli dynasty. His predecessors had created the vast Ottoman empire, but by the time of Ahmet's reign, the empire was in decline, and the sultans spent most of their time in Istanbul's fabled pleasure palace, Topkapi Sarayi-known to the Turks as the House of Felicity. In this fascinating work, John Freely explores the decadent world within the palace walls and exposes most of the later sultans as weak, some as insane, and many as dominated by their wives or mothers. Freely describes the imperial harem, black eunuch guards, and the other people who served and amused the sultans-and sometimes imprisoned and murdered them. Witty, detailed, and illustrated throughout, this book is an opulent pleasure.

Synopsis:

This work tells the story of the Osmanli dynasty, who ruled the Ottoman Empire for over 600 years. The life of the sultan is explored, with its intimate family life and its eunuchs and buffoons who served in the Topkapi palace.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140270563
Subtitle:
Private Lives of the Sultans in Istanbul
Author:
Freely, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
History
Subject:
Middle East - Turkey
Subject:
Istanbul
Subject:
Turkey
Subject:
Sultans
Subject:
Europe - General
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
no. 710
Publication Date:
20010701
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.86x5.06x1.00 in. .61 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Middle East » Turkey

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"Synopsis" by , This work tells the story of the Osmanli dynasty, who ruled the Ottoman Empire for over 600 years. The life of the sultan is explored, with its intimate family life and its eunuchs and buffoons who served in the Topkapi palace.
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