By (author) Godfrey Goodwin
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Janissaries by Godfrey Goodwin
Book DescriptionFrom the fifteenth to the sixteenth century, the janissaries were the scourge of Europe. With their martial music, their muskets and their drilled march, it seemed that no one could withstand them. Their loyalty to their corps was infinite, as the Ottomans conquered the Balkans as far as the Danube, and Syria, Egypt and Iraq. Their political power was such that even sultans trembled. Who were they? Why were they an elite? Why did they decline and what was their end? To answer these questions, the book begins by exploring the origins of the Janissary corps with the careful selection of youths from Christian families in the Balkans. It then introduces the pillars of the Ottoman state which these recruits were to serve, and depicts the victorious years of this elite corps.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780863567407
(210mm x 135mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Saqi Books
Publisher: Saqi Books
Publish Date: 4-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Godfrey Goodwin
Private World of Ottoman Women, Paperback (January 2006)
Focussing on the oft-neglected role of women in Ottoman high society and power politics, this book brings to life the women who made their mark in a male domain.
History of Ottoman Architecture, Paperback (February 1987)» View all books by Godfrey Goodwin
Treating the subject chronologically and in historical perspective, this is a comprehensive survey of Ottoman architecture, with references to Byzantine, Persian and Selcuk examples and discussion of the effects of conquests, religions and social organization.
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Author Biography - Godfrey Goodwin
Godfrey Goodwin taught art and architectural history at the University of the Bosphorus from 1957 to 1968 and is the author of several authoritative works, including A History of Ottoman Architecture, Islamic Spain, Sinan: Ottoman Architecture and its Values Today and The Private World of Ottoman Women, the last two titles also published by Saqi Books.
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