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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I cannot say he was unbiased since he admired his Master, the Roman emperor to the point of stating that ‘the sun has never shone on a nobler prince’. The Turkish state has 12, of these troops when the corps is at its full strength. 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!

They are scattered through every part of the empire, either to garrison the forts against the enemy, or to protect the Christians and Jews from the violence ketters the mob. Translated from the Latin of the Elzevir Edition of tjrkish Of this they eat once or twice a day, according to the quantity they have, without any bread, unless they have brought some biscuit with them About Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq. Careful and accurate scholarship, however, has revealed that this was certainly not the case.

These mules and camels also serve to carry tents and armour, and likewise tools and munitions for the campaign. On their forehead is placed a silver gilt cone of considerable height, studded with stones of no great value. But he was honest in stating his opinions, such as when he showed admiration about the Turkish soldiers [but he told his friend to whom the letters were sent not to make any fuss about him mentioning such issues, I guess for fear of offending ‘certain people’: Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq — October 28, ; Latin: The majority of historical sources and archives have so far disclosed highly advanced administrative skills in the Ottoman state affairs.


Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq

Busbecq’s buabecq famous mission was to the Ottoman Empire at the zenith of its power and glory during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. Ferdinand and Suleiman were already getting on in years. Among the Turks, therefore, honors, high posts, and judgeships are the rewards of great ability and good service.

On their side is the vast wealth of their empire, unimpaired resources, experience and practice in arms, a veteran soldiery, an uninterrupted series of victories, readiness to endure hardships, union, order, discipline, thrift and watchfulness. Dec 10, Sincerae rated it it was amazing Shelves: He goes on at such 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.

Augerius Gislenius Busbequius ; sometimes Augier Ghislain de Busbecq was a 16th-century Flemish writer, herbalist and diplomat in the employ of three generations of Austrian monarchs.

The value of putting aside ethnic, religious and cultural differences, of living together and cooperating for a better future, and the sacredness of human life and the respect for the right of others to live, as well as freedom of expression and religion all existed in this state. De Busbecq also has a lot of information about ‘Mohamedism’ in these lette Other than some of the big names fromt this period of Turkish history – Suleiman, Roxelanna – I was unfamiliar with a lot of the details surrounding this period prior to reading this book.

Edward Seymour Forster Translator.

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Books by Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq. Andrew rated it really liked it Jan 31, Busbecq, then in his early thirties, had been sent to finalise a peace treaty and as a result of the foregoing warfare between the Hapsburgs and the Ottomans, he was very concerned about the strength and power of the Ottoman Empire. He served as ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in Constantinople and in published a book about his time there, Itinera Constantinopolitanum et Amasianumre-published in under the title of Turcicae epistolae or “Turkish Letters”.

Home Issue 78 November – December One of the letters is of particular interest as it sheds light on certain historical aspects related to the Janissaries, the well-trained Ottoman guards. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. De Busbecq’s writing is an effervescent artifact.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Busbecq and the Ottoman Grand Vizier, Semiz Ali Pasha, were instrumental in sustaining the uneasy peace which suited both parties. The Sourcebook is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted texts for introductory level classes in modern European and World history. Diplomacy in the Middle Ages and afterwards was made possible by ambassadors.

Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq – Wikipedia

The only obstacle is Persia, whose position turish his rear forces the invader to take precautions. Gives interesting comparisons of Europe and the Ottoman Empire during the 16th century. Refresh and try again. This is the reason turksh they are successful in their undertakings, that they lord it over others, and are daily extending the bounds of their empire.

However, his curiosity, luckily for the reader, means the author gives the most random details such as plant life, as well as the most outrageous facts such as slavery.

The Turkish Letters of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq: A Biography

In four letters to his friend Nicholas Michault, who had been Busbecq’s fellow student in Italy and afterwards was imperial ambassador to the Portuguese court, he details impressions on everything he saw and experienced in Turkey, including landscapes, plants, animals, Islam, ethnic groups, architecture, slavery, military matters, court practices, clothing, gender and domestic relations, and the Sultan himself.

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. Several uprisings by local populations in different parts of the Ottoman State occurred.