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Private and Royal Life in the Ottoman Palace

by Ilber Ortayli

: Jun 15, 2014 • 160 Pages • 6 x 9 inches • ISBN 9781935295457
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Topkapi Palace was the official and primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for almost four centuries of their 624-year reign. This illustrated guide to Topkapi Palace—the heart of a vast transcontinental empire until the mid-nineteenth century—explores Ottoman history, as it relates to specific sections of the palace.
Mbr>Ortayli, a famed Turkish historian and scholar, introduces the audience to the outer and inner sections of the palace as well as the family quarters, providing them with profound background information about their functions, architecture and decorations. His references to the palace customs, people, and particular events present the reader with a living history.
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Ilber Ortayli
Ilber Ortayli

Ilber Ortayli (born in 1947, Bregenz, Austria), is a leading Turkish historian, professor of history at the Galatasaray University in Istanbul and at Bilkent University in Ankara. In 2005, he was appointed as the director of the Topkapi Museum, until he retired in 2012. He has published articles on Ottoman and Russian history, particular emphasis on cities and the history of public administration, diplomatic, cultural and intellectual history.