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The 600th anniversary of links between Poland and the Ottoman empire is celebrated in Cornucopia 51, with wonderful illustrations and commentary by Jason Goodwin, author of the Yashim series of detective novels. For connoisseurs of Ottoman art, Poland is the place to see some of the best Ottoman tents surviving anywhere in the world. On display in Wawel Royal Castle, they were captured in the second Siege of Vienna in 1683 when Polish-Lithuanian forces joined the Holy Roman Empire to defeat the Ottomans who were besieging the city. Diplomatic ties between Poland and Turkey were established in 1414 when King Ladislaus Jagiello sent two envoys to Sultan Mehmed I in Edirne, and for centuries trade between the two countries flourished. In spring 2014 two exhibitions mark the 600th anniversary of the relationship: the Polish Archives in Warsaw are displaying some of its 1,471 Ottoman documents, while the Sakip Sabancı Museum in Istanbul shows 350 items from Poland from or about the Ottomans.

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