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Turkish Letters

Ogier de Busbecq




Ogier de Busbecq was sent as ambassador to the courts of Suleiman the Magnificent in the late 16th century.

 In order to let those in northern Europe know what life was like in the Constantinople of the sultans, the capital of the vast and mighty Ottoman Empire, the ambassador of the mid-1500s paints the scene with his own words. And what a magnificent portrait it is!

 From grand viziers to the Janissaries, from army garrisons to majestic palaces, the life of the Ottomans is presented to us in marvelous detail.


Click here for Marion's full length review of Turkish Letters that was published in Turkey's national English-language newspaper Sunday's Zaman.


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