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Allies with the Infidel: The Ottoman and French Alliance in the Sixteenth Century

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In 1543, the Ottoman fleet appeared off the coast of France to bombard and lay siege to the city of Nice. The operation, under the command of Admiral Barbarossa, came in response to a request from François I of France for assistance from Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent in France’s struggle against Charles V, the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain. This military ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 15th 2011 by Tauris Academic Studies (first published May 31st 2011)
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William Young
Aug 16, 2011 William Young rated it really liked it
In this study, Dr Christine Isom-Verhaaren, an Instructor in Middle East history at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, examines the alliance between the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of France in the sixteenth century. The Franco-Ottoman alliance, in which a Christian king allied with a Mulim sultan, against another Christian monarch “has been regarded as a sensational aberration from the norms of Renaissance Diplomacy” (p.4). The author says that this is not an accurate portrayal of of ...more
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Dec 27, 2013 Dirk rated it liked it
Very accurate points on: the Ottoman-French relations, on the influence of Habsburg propaganda, the systematic overestimating the Ottomans vs Habsburgs as a solely religious conflict.
The conclusion however underestimates the propaganda and the agenda of the French kings. The portrayal of the Habsburgs as defenders of the faith was also done by les rois tres Chrétiens de France ... .
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