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Description - The Janissaries by Godfrey Goodwin

From 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 Details

ISBN: 9780863567407
ISBN-10: 0863567401
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Saqi Books
Publisher: Saqi Books
Publish Date: 4-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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Private World of Ottoman Women by Godfrey Goodwin
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History of Ottoman Architecture by Godfrey Goodwin
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