The Sultan's Seraglio: An Intimate Portrait of Life at the Ottoman Court

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From 1604 to 1607 Ottaviano Bon was the Venetian representative in Istanbul, where he recorded every aspect of life at the Topkapi Palace. His The Sultan's Seraglio provides a fascinating and lively account of the period of Ahmet I, covering topics as diverse as life in the harem; the exchange of gifts between Turkish and Western dignitaries; the menu at official state banquets; the buying of slaves in the weekly slave market; and the great religious festivals and circumcision ceremonies. The various Ottoman officials are all introduced to us, including the viziers, the aghas and the 'itchoglans' (Christian recruits), with their long years of harsh training until the best of them were admitted into the sultan's personal service. We meet the buffoons and mutes who were the sultan's constant companions and accompanied him on boat trips down the Bosphorus to his palaces and pleasure gardens. The book is of particular value not only as the best and most

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Ottaviano Bon was one of Venice's most experienced and trusted diplomats in the early seventeenth century. After being posted to the royal courts of Paris and Madrid, he was sent to Istanbul in 1604 for the enthronement of the new sultan, Ahmet I (the builder of the Blue Mosque).

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