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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He returned from Constantinople in the autumn of with an established reputation as a busbecw. To tell you the truth, if I had not been told beforehand that they were Janissaries, I should, without hesitation, have taken them for members of some order of Turkish monks, or brethren of some Moslem college.
On se croirait dans l’intelligence des animaux de Plutarque! This normative statement certainly has political and social implications.
The Turkish Letters of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq: A Biography
The Ottoman Muslim conquests in Eastern Europe certainly contributed to this. These letters describe his adventures in Ottoman politics and remain one of the principal primary sources for students of the turkkish Ottoman court.
He served as ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in Constantinople and in published a book about his time there, Itinera Constantinopolitanum et AmasianumOgier Ghiselin de Busbecq — October 28, ; Latin: These were later on published many times, most recently by Forster and Daniel in as the Turkish Letters. Andrew rated it really liked it Jan 31, Busbecq has also been credited with introducing the lilac to northern Europe though this is debated  as well as the Angora goat. Gives interesting comparisons of Europe and the Ottoman Empire during the 16th yurkish.
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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. The Turkish state has 12, of these troops when the corps is at its full strength. They purport to be private letters to a friend but were conscious literary creations to commemorate his embassy to the Ottoman Empire for lerters.
Jolon rated it liked it Aug 29, The translation was made in and the spelling conventions are now old fashioned. Jun 03, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
Dec 10, Sincerae rated it it was amazing Shelves: A major resource for anyone interested in the Ottoman Empire at the height of its powers. Christian soldiers on a campaign refuse to put up with their ordinary food, and call for thrushes, becaficos [a small bird esteemed a lettters, as it feeds on figs and grapes], and suchlike dainty dishes!
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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 Aside from his natural interest in warfare, Busbecq also discusses the court intrigues relating from the rise of Roxelana one of the wives of Suleimanover the succession, and the threat of rebellion by one of Suleiman’s surviving sons which, Busbecq believes, helps to keep up the impetus towards concluding a peace treaty.
Everybody is accountable for his or her own deeds. Diplomacy in the Middle Ages and afterwards was made possible by ambassadors. According to Busbecq, these soldiers were ready to act even under extremely harsh conditions, accepting with resignation all that happened due to their faith. Kegan Paul,pp,, This book is comprised of four long letters which are a collection of detailed vignettes of de Busbecq observations of life in and around Constantinople modern day Istanbul and at the Turkish court.
He praises the care and empathy the Ottomans show in training their horses, contrasting this with the cruel methods employed by Europeans. Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq — October 28, ; Latin: Marcus Page rated it it was amazing Jan 01, In making his appointments the Sultan pays no regard to any pretensions on the score of wealth or rank, nor does he take into consideration recommendations or popularity, he considers each case on its own merits, and examines carefully into the character, ability, and disposition of the man letterss promotion is in question.
Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq
Busbecq goes on to comment about the gentle and polite disposition of Janissaries. Busbecq and the Ottoman Grand Vizier, Semiz Ali Pasha, were instrumental in sustaining the uneasy peace which suited both parties.
He started work in the court of the Austrian lefters Ferdinand I in approximately When they were admitted busgecq my dining room they first bowed, and then came quickly up to me, all but running, and touched lstters dress or hand, as if they intended to kiss it… After reaching the door, they would stand respectfully with their arms crossed, and their eyes bowed to the ground, looking more like monks than warriors… To tell you the truth, if I had not been told beforehand that they were Janissaries, I should, without hesitation, have taken them for members of some order of Lehters monks, or brethren of some Moslem college.
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 lettes all, the enemy are accustomed to victory, we to defeat. In making his appointments the Sultan pays no regard to any pretensions on the score of wealth or rank, turkisy does he take into consideration recommendations or popularity, he considers each case on its own merits, and examines carefully into the character, ability, and disposition of the man whose promotion is in question.
From this you will see that it is the patience, self-denial and thrift of the Turkish soldier that enable him to face the most trying circumstances and come safely out of’ the dangers that surround him.