Iconographs of power or tools of diplomacy? Ottoman 'fethnames'

Norton, Claire (2016) Iconographs of power or tools of diplomacy? Ottoman 'fethnames'. Journal of Early Modern History, 20 (4). pp. 331-350. ISSN 1385-3783

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Historians of Christian European diplomacy have tended to approach Ottoman diplomatic practice from a rather Eurocentric perspective in that they presuppose initial Ottoman non-involvement in the development of the modern diplomatic system followed by a reluctant adoption of it when faced with a period of economic, military and political decline. In this article I read two fethnames [victory missives] sent to the Queen of England, Elizabeth I to celebrate the Ottoman capture of Nagykanizsa (Kanije) castle in 1600 as a means by which the Ottoman state both performed and legitimized Ottoman sovereignty yet also provided an opportunity for political or diplomatic negotiation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 900 History & geography > 956 History of the Middle East (Near East)
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 08:36
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2016 13:52
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/1226


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