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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About Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq. Lists with This Book. It is how a child is raised and educated that really matters in society. If you do reduplicate the document, indicate the source. Views Read Edit View history. Because Busbecq was trying to bring about reform at home, he did not dwell on the very real problems with Ottoman government. Like his father and grandfather, Busbecq chose a career of public service. 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.
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 leyters.
I know very little about the Muslim faith, so learning the history of the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind these beliefs was fascinating. The Ottoman Muslim conquests in Eastern Europe certainly contributed to this. Gives interesting comparisons of Europe and the Ottoman Empire during the 16th century.
A Biography by Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq. 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”.
Interesting as its a display of one of the few early ldtters of a foreign diplomat at the height of the Ottoman power.
They are husbecq through every part of the empire, either to garrison the forts against the enemy, or to protect the Christians and Jews from the violence of the mob. As ambassador of the Hapsburg Emperor to Suleiman the Magnificent, Ogier de Busbecq seems to have spent most of his time in the Ottoman Empire effectively under house arrest in Istanbul which rather limits his value as a witness to life among the Ottomans at the beginning of the s.
Busbecq’s intellectual gifts led him to advanced studies at the Latin-language University of Leuvenwhere he registered in under the name Ogier Ghislain de Comines.
Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq
It is by merit that men rise in the service, a system which ensures that posts should only be assigned to the competent. Historically speaking, Western Europe has always been in contact with the Ottomans through commerce or other forms of international relations. No distinction is attached to birth among the Turks; the deference to be paid to a man is measured by the position he holds in the public service. 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 whose promotion is in question.
They will also be remembered forever. 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. He died a few days later. 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 whose promotion is in question.
Brianne Galgano rated it it was amazing Jun 04, 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.
In one section of these letters de Busbecq describes a visit to Soleiman’s court by a member of Black Sea nomadic ‘royalty’ to request military assistnace in a battle being waged with a neighboring Black Sea tribe. What a contrast to our men! The Turkish Letters of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq covers two periods when he was the ambassador from the court of the Hapsburg ruler Ferdinand I to the court letter the Turkish sultan Suleiman the Magnificent spelled Soleiman in this book.
A garrison of Janissaries is always stationed in the citadel of Buda. The “Turkish Letters” of Ogier G. The second time that de Busbecq travelled to Constantinople modern day Istanbul to try to broker a peace between the Holy Roman Empire and the Ottomans, his state becomes almost that of a prisoner. These letters describe his adventures in Ottoman politics busbceq remain one of the principal primary sources for students of the letterrs Ottoman court.
The Turiish experience of social and cultural tur,ish provides valuable lessons for those nations that live in these regions today: On receiving a few small coins which was what they wanted they bowed again, thanked me in loud tones, and went off blessing me for my kindness.
Among the Turks, therefore, honors, high posts, and judgeships are the rewards of great ability and good service. This is the reason that they buxbecq successful in their undertakings, that they lord it over others, and are daily extending the bounds of their empire. He praises the care and empathy the Ottomans show in training their horses, contrasting this with the cruel methods employed by Europeans.
It makes me shudder to think of what the result of a struggle between such different systems must be; one of us must prevail and the other be destroyed, at any rate we cannot both exist ]in safety.
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De Busbecq’s letters are a fascinating and enjoyable read, even for the Turkish history novice. Finally, in and nearing the end bubsecq his life, he chose to leave his residence in Mantes outside of Paris for his native West Flandersbut was assaulted and robbed by members of the Catholic League near Rouen.
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The lofty character of a mother and father does not pass to the children at birth. On their forehead is placed a silver gilt cone of considerable height, studded with stones of no great value. Dec 10, Sincerae rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Jun 03, DoctorM rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.