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- DescriptionThe fascinating story of Queen Elizabeth s secret alliance with the Ottoman sultan and outreach to the Muslim world by The New York Times bestselling author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps (published in the UK as This Orient Isle) An illuminating account of a neglected aspect of Elizabethan England: its rich, complex, and ambivalent relations with the Muslim world.The Sultan and the Queenis a fascinating and timely book. Stephen Greenblatt, author ofThe Swerve Long before Thomas Jefferson confronted the Barbary Pirates, Queen Elizabeth sent a secret message to the Ottoman Sultan Murad III, inviting him to open his markets to her merchants. Islam and the West crossed paths much earlier than we think and originally the Muslims had the upper hand. When Elizabeth was excommunicated by the pope in 1570, she found herself in an awkward predicament. England had always depended on trade. Now its key markets were suddenly closed to her Protestant merchants, while the staunchly Catholic king of Spain vowed to take her throne. In a bold decision with far-reaching consequences, she set her sights on the Muslim powers. She sent an emissary to the shah of Iran, wooed the king of Morocco, and entered into an unprecedented alliance with the powerful Ottoman, setting the stage for England's transformation from a peripheral player on the cold fringes of Europe to the hub of a global empire. By the late 1580s hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Elizabethan merchants, diplomats, sailors, artisans and privateers were plying their trade from Morocco to Persia. These included the resourceful mercer Anthony Jenkinson, who met both Suleyman and the Magnificent and the Persian Sah Tahmasp in the 1560s, William Harborne, the Norfolk merchant who became the first English ambassador to the Ottoman court in 1582, and the adventurer Sir Anthony Sherley, who spent much of 1600 at the court of Shah Abbas. This marked the beginning of an extraordinary alignment with Muslim powers and of ecomic and political exchanges with the Islamic world of a depth t again experienced until the modern age. By the late 1580s, thousands of English merchants, diplomats, sailors, and privateers were plying their trade from Morocco to Persia. To finance these expeditions, they created the first ever joint stock company, a revolutionary new business model that balanced risk and reward. Londoners were gripped with a passion for the Orient. Elizabeth became hooked on sugar as new words likecandy, turquoise, andtulip entered the English language. Marlowe offered upTamburlaineand Shakespeare wroteOthellosix months after the first Moroccan ambassador s visit. Jerry Brotton reveals that Elizabethan England s relationship with the Muslim world was far more amicable and far more extensive than we have ever appreciated as he tells the riveting story of the traders and adventurers who first went East to seek their fortunes.
- Author BiographyJerry Brotton is a professor of Renaissance studies at Queen Mary University of London. A renowned broadcaster and critic, he is the author ofGlobal Interests: Renaissance Art Between East and West(with Lisa Jardine), The Renaissance Bazaar, The Sale of the Late King s Goods(short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Hessell-Tiltman Prize), Great Maps, andTheNew York Timesbestselling, award-winningA History of the World in Twelve Maps, which has been translated into eleven languages.His most recent book, published as The Sultan and the Queen in the US (and This Orient Isle in the UK), tells the fascinated story of Queen Elizabeth s outreach to the Ottoman Sultan and to Muslim rulers in Iran and Morocco, which began shortly after she was excommunicated by the Pope and most of Europe s markets were closed to her Protestant and Jewish merchants. It describes the birth of the joint stock company, and how trade with the east formed the basis for the future British empire.
- Author(s)Lecturer in English Royal Holloway Jerry Brotton
- Date of Publication20/09/2016
- SubjectRegional History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight567 g
- Width157 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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