The Government of the Ottoman Empire

The Government of the Ottoman Empire in the time of Suleiman the Magnificent

by Albert Howe Lybyer

First published in 1913 as part of the Harvard Historical Studies series, Professor Lybyer describes and analyses the elements that empowered the empire of Suleiman the Magnificent and made it so formidable in the world of the sixteenth century.

Among the vast range of the topics are:

  • the tribute boys
  • the harem, the eunuchs and the royal family
  • the conversion of Christians
  • education
  • the colleges of pages
  • advancement based on merit
  • punishments
  • Janissaries and Spahis
  • military discipline
  • the succession
  • the nobility
  • the Sultan's court
  • the ceremonies of the court
  • the Sultan as legislator
  • taxation
  • Suleiman's incom
  • the Divan or Council
  • a comparison with the Mogul Empire of India

The book concludes with extensive bibliographical notes, a glossary of Turkish words, and an index.

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The Dunnett connection:

An excellent background for Pawn in Frankincense, which takes place mainly in the Ottoman Empire.