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

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

by Christine Isom-Verhaaren

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Allies with the Infidel: The Ottoman and French Alliance in the Sixteenth Century by Christine Isom-Verhaaren

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 alliance between mutual ‘infidels’, the Christian French King and the Muslim Sultan, aroused intense condemnation on religious grounds from the Habsburgs and their supporters as an aberration from accepted diplomacy. Allies with the Infidel places the events of 1543 and the subsequent wintering of the Ottoman fleet in Toulon in the context of the power politics of the sixteenth century. Using contemporary Ottoman and French sources, it presents the realpolitik of diplomacy with ‘infidels’ in the early modern era.Th e result is essential reading for students and scholars of European

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857732279
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
Publication date: 05/30/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Christine Isom-Verharren is Instructor at Benedictine University, Chicago.

Table of Contents

Introduction
• The Ottoman Involvement in Alliances, Diplomacy and the Balance of Power, 1453-1600
• Multiple Identities: Views of Foreign State Servants in France and the Ottoman Empire
• Sultan Cem: A Fifteenth-Century Ottoman View of Relations with the Infidels
• Joint Ottoman-French Naval Operations: The Wintering of the Ottoman Fleet at Toulon
• Views of Infidel Allies: Records of Negotiating, Fighting and Travelling
• Conclusion

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