Using 70 pictures (many of which have never been shown), examples of architecture and diplomatic documents, Dr Philip Mansel will discuss how the Ottoman Empire interlocked for more than three centuries with the powers of Europe – and show trade and migration patterns that contributed to this alliance.
The Ottoman Empire rose with the help of European allies such as Genoa, but fell partly due to entering the First World War on the side of another ally, Germany. It had friendly relations and treaties with Poland, England, the Netherlands, Sweden and above all France. Beginning in the mid-16th century, the French-Ottoman alliance was one of the few fixed points in European diplomacy. It had long-term commercial, cultural and religious consequences, as the recent exhibition at Versailles on the Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre proved.
Dr Philip Mansel is a historian, and the author of nine books of history and biography, mainly relating either to France or to his other main area of interest, the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. Some of these are available for purchase through the Cornucopia bookshop. He is also the editor of The Court Historian, journal of the Society for Court studies, and a Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, London and the Royal Historical Society.