The Saracens in English Literature; A Study in Literary and Traditional Conceptions

The Saracens in English Literature; A Study in Literary and Traditional Conceptions

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... than any admiration for the Turks themselves, that Knolles gives them his tribute-a tribute that is more an ex (1) Knolles, Richard. History of the Ottoman Turks (1605), Preface. hortation to his own people to strive against them. In this spirit he admits their strength and glory as a nation and declares that it threatens destruction to the rest of the nations of the earth: "If you consider the beginning progress and perpetual felicity of this Othoman empire there is in the world nothing more magnificient and glorious, in the power and strength thereof nothing more dreadful or dangerous, which wondering at nothing but the beauty of itself.... holdeth all the rest of the vorld in scorn, thundering out nothing still but bloud and war, with a firm persuasion in time to P.ule over all, prefixing unto itself no other limits than the uttermost bounds of the Earth from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same." Diplomatic correspondence helps us further to reconstruct the background for sixteenth century literature regarding Moors and Turks. Innumerable references in the Calendar of State Papers, based as they are on ambassadorial relations, show the incessant rumors of war with these victorious leaders of Mohammedanism. There are rumors of a breach with the Venetians; rumors of an attack on Spain; rumors of a continuation of the warfare between the Turks and Persians. Rumors appear and disappear like clouds upon the horizon. The whole political atmosphere becomes electric with anxiety. The constant question becomes, "T.7hat will the Turks do next?" In 1518 the King of Prance is said to be making preparation against the Moorish pirates who are not under the control of the ri) Sultan. The son of the Turk is...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236941861
  • 9781236941862