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  • Christopher de Bellaigue has a magic talent for writing history. It is as if we are there as the era of Suleyman the Magnificent unfolds

  • Christopher de Bellaigue has written a brilliant history of big power politics and courtly intrigue. The story of the battle for supremacy between Ottoman and Holy Roman empires reads like a majestic, sweeping historical novel. This is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand political ambition and the role of narcissistic leaders and scheming courtiers - in any age

  • Poised effortlessly between two worlds and two ages, as at home in Istanbul as in the chambers of Venice, alert to every nuance of costume and gesture which is the key to imperial power, de Bellaigue brings you into councils and banquets, through sieges and bedrooms in a book as pungent and mysterious as the age it depicts

    RORY STEWART, former British Cabinet Minister and Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University
  • An eye-opening, well-written and very timely book

    YUVAL NOAH HARARI on The Islamic Enlightenment
  • 'Luminous ... burst[s] with colour and detail ... A dazzling feat of erudition and storytelling'

    New Statesman on The Islamic Enlightenment
  • An important, beautifully written book that offers a powerful corrective

    Sunday Times on The Islamic Enlightenment
  • The best sort of book for our disordered days: timely, urgent and illuminating

    PANKAJ MISHRA on The Islamic Enlightenment

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