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Author Brotton, Jerry, author.

Title The Sultan and the Queen : the untold story of Elizabeth and Islam / Jerry Brotton.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Viking, [2016]


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Description 338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map, portraits ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-324) and index.
Contents Conquering Tunis -- The sultan, the tsar and the shah -- The Battle for Barbary -- An apt man in Constantinople -- Unholy alliances -- Sultana Isabel -- London turns Turk -- Mahomet's dove -- Escape from the Seraglio -- Sherley fever -- More than a Moor -- Epilogue.
Summary Long before the Barbary pirates challenged Thomas Jefferson, English merchants traveled to Marrakesh to trade gunpowder for sugar. Islam and the West crossed paths much earlier than we think--and originally the Muslims had the upper hand. When Queen 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 closed to her Protestant merchants, while the staunchly Catholic king of Spain vowed to take her throne. In a bold decision, she set her sights on the East. She sent an emissary to the shah of Iran, wooed the king of Morocco, and entered into an unprecedented alliance with the powerful Ottoman sultan Murad III. This marked the beginning of an extraordinary alignment with Muslim powers and of economic and political exchanges with the Islamic world of a depth not 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 like "candy," "turquoise," and "tulip" entered the English language. Marlowe offered up Tamburlaine and Shakespeare wrote Othello six month after the first Moroccan ambassador's visit. In this groundbreaking book, 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. -- Inside jacket flaps.
Chronological Term 1558-1603
Subject Diplomatic relations. (OCoLC)fst01907412
Great Britain -- History -- Elizabeth, 1558-1603.
Turkey -- History -- Murad III, 1574-1595.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Turkey.
Turkey -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Turkey. (OCoLC)fst01208963
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Online version: Brotton, Jerry. Sultan and the queen New York : Viking, 2016 9780698191631 (DLC) 2016031895
ISBN 9780525428824 (hardcover)
0525428828 (hardcover)

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