Life on the Bosphorus; Doings in the City of the Sultan. Turkey, Past and Present

Life on the Bosphorus; Doings in the City of the Sultan. Turkey, Past and Present

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...the Sultan, at the head of a large army, at once made preparations for the difficult march. The Caliph of Egypt, Ghauri, at the head of the Mamelukes, an excellent, though not numerous body of horsemen, marched into the plains of Syria to meet the Sultan Selim; and, not far from Aleppo, the first battle was fought, on the 24th of August, 1516. The destructive effect of the Turkish artillery, and disagreement amongst themselves, gave Selim an easy victory, which determined the fate of Syria. In consequence of the defeat of the Egyptians, Aleppo opened its gates to the army of the victor, who, contrary to his usual practice, treated the inhabitants with the greatest leniency; this act of mercy won him several other towns in Syria, which, also making no resistance, threw open their gates to him and allowed him to become master of them. But in a second necessary engagement near Gaza, he again secured a great victory, and obtained possession of Jerusalem, a city, in those days, much coveted both by Turk and Christian. Then, crossing the desert, he marched upon the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The aged Khedive, Ghauri, had died in the meantime, and a successor, in the person of Touman Bey, had been selected to succeed him, who, now at the head of his army, awaited at some short distance from the capital the advance of Selim's army. They met, and a great battle was fought on the 22nd of January, 1517; which again resulted in favour of the Turkish arms. The result might have been different, had not two of the Egyptian chief officers betrayed their leader, and baffled his scheme of taking the Turkish army in flank while on the march. Though compelled to fight at great disadvantage, the Mamelukes never gave greater proof of their valour than on this fatal more

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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 431g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236511298
  • 9781236511294