Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, The Turkish Letters, 1. Ogier de Busbecq () was a Flemish nobleman who spent most of his life in the service. Busbecq, a Fleming, was the ambassador of the Holy Roman Emperor at the Sublime Porte (the Turkish Sultan’s court in Constantinople) from A native of western Flanders, Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq served in several posts as diplomatic representative for the Habsburg ruler Ferdinand I (King of.
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The Turkish Letters of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq: A Biography by Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ogier Gisleen van Busbeke. They will also be remembered forever. Yet these are the famous Janissaries, whose approach inspires terror everywhere. On se croirait dans l’intelligence des animaux de Plutarque!
Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq
Busbecq continues in his claim even further:. Being awarded with a position is based on qualifications and past accomplishments rather than social status and rank. Of the fall of Constantinople and the subjection of Greece to Ottoman rule he writes: Books by Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq. In addition to being an indispensable source of information about Ottoman life more than four centuries ago, these letters also provide valuable lessons for policymakers.
Busbecq was given the assignment of using diplomacy to check the raids of the Turks into Hungary, and he proved very effective with his quick sympathy, appreciation of the Turkish character, and patience.
This normative statement certainly has political and social implications. He returned from Constantinople in the autumn of with an established reputation as a diplomat.
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If a man be dishonest, or lazy, or careless, he remains at the bottom of the ladder, an object of contempt; for such qualities there are no honors in Turkey! Mar 21, Recep Pehlivan rated it liked buzbecq.
bsubecq Busbecq and the Ottoman Grand Vizier, Semiz Ali Pasha, were instrumental in sustaining the uneasy furkish which suited both parties. There is no district with any considerable amount of population, no borough or city, which has not a detachment of Janissaries to protect the Christians, Jews, and other helpless people from outrage and wrong. These letters busbecqq his adventures in Ottoman politics and remain one of the principal primary sources for students of the 16th-century Ottoman court.
On ours are found an empty exchequer, luxurious habits, exhausted resources, broken spirits, a raw and insubordinate soldiery, and greedy quarrels; there is no regard for discipline, license runs riot, the men indulge in drunkenness and debauchery, and worst of all, the enemy are accustomed to victory, we to defeat.
Overall this is a fascinating piece of travel literature and a very easy read for anyone interested in Ottoman history. A very ancient copy. He goes on at vusbecq length to describe the Black Sea tribes in negative fashion that his comments and descriptions of their customs, beliefs, and history sound almost fantastical, and I found his thoughts on this culture inadvertently hilarious.
However this is undercut by his frequent descriptions of the role of bribery in getting anything done, the behaviour of the Janissaries – begging for money, being unwilling to march in muddy conditions until they are given a turkosh made of eggs, wine, spices and sugar for breakfast their occasional riotousness and apparent willingness to support rivals for the Sultan’s throne, the turklsh who set fire to houses in Constantinople in order to loot and rob the neighbourhood under the pretext of fire-fighting, or the haphazard equipment of the cavalry and the unwillingness of the horsemen to start to use muskets instead of the traditional bow and arrows.
Jun 03, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Lettrs it as a traveler’s memoir, read it for its store of tales of Ottoman life and customs, read it for the tales of court intrigue.
Brianne Galgano rated it it was amazing Jun 04, On ours are found an empty exchequer, luxurious habits, exhausted resources, broken spirits, a raw and insubordinate soldiery, and greedy quarrels; there is no regard for discipline, license runs riot, the men indulge in drunkenness and debauchery, and worst of all, the enemy are accustomed to victory, we to trukish.
In fact, Busbecq starts this letter with a description of these highly-educated Janissaries, how they function and their duties in the Ottoman lands, as well as their equitable and unbiased treatment of the public, poor or rich, Muslim or non-Muslim:. View all 5 comments. These were later on published many times, most recently by Forster and Daniel in as the Turkish Letters.
Delightfully busbec reading, it letterz offers invaluable lessons on understanding and bridging cultural divides. Steph Holmes rated it really liked it Jan 30, He was an avid collector, acquiring valuable manuscripts, rare coins and curios of various kinds.
The Turkish Letters of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq: A Biography
Amin rated it it was amazing Jul 19, Honestly three stars is too little but four is a bit too much. Quite possibly they were written with publication in mind in which case the letters may not be simply journalism but in places he may have been seeking to use his experiences as something of a mirror to Western Europe.
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