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- DescriptionA FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR The 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) A neglected aspect of Elizabethan history that Brotton brings vividly to life in this elegant and entertaining book. --Jason Goodwin, The New York Times Book Review Brotton is a gifted writer who presents this history as an exciting series of critical and suspense-filled encounters. --The Washington Post Brotton's wonderful book reveals... how Muslims shaped English culture, consumerism and literature during the half millennium between the Crusades and the rise of the British Empire. --The Wall Street JournalWe think of England as a great power whose empire once stretched from India to the Americas, but when Elizabeth Tudor was crowned Queen, it was just a tiny and rebellious Protestant island on the fringes of Europe, confronting the combined power of the papacy and of Catholic Spain. Broke and under siege, the young queen sought to build new alliances with the great powers of the Muslim world. She sent an emissary to the Shah of Iran, wooed the king of Morocco, and entered into an unprecedented alliance with the Ottoman Sultan Murad III, with whom she shared a lively correspondence. The Sultan and the Queen tells the riveting and largely unkwn story of the traders and adventurers who first went East to seek their fortunes--and reveals how Elizabeth's fruitful alignment with the Islamic world, financed by England's first joint stock companies, paved the way for its transformation into a global commercial empire.
- Author BiographyJerry Brotton is a professor of Renaissance studies at Queen Mary University of London. A renowned broadcaster and critic, he is the author of Global 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, and The New York Times bestselling, award-winning A 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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