The Adventures of A Captive Turkish Prince in Renaissance EuropeBook - 2004
"'Bird of my soul, be patient of thy cage ...' So wrote the young Turkish poet-prince, Jem Sultan, from captivity. Within years Jem would be dead : poisoned, it was said, by the infamous Borgia pope, Alexander VI." "Jem, born in 1459, was one of the wonders of Renaissance Europe. Son of the Grand Turk, Mehmet the Conqueror, after losing a war of succession to his brother he fled to the West to pursue his claim from exile. Instead he became a diplomatic pawn, falling into the hands of warring knights, emperors, popes and kings. Jem was bought and sold and passed around the courts of Europe like a caged bird of paradise. All desired ownership of the Turkish prince as a talisman against Ottoman expansion, and as a weighty trophy against European rivals." "Surrounded by his imperial train, the young prince maintained his dignity throughout. His poetry, sporting prowess, romance aura and majestic good looks caused a stir wherever he went, inspiring minstrels' songs and folklore. Today Jem is almost forgotten in the West, but in Turkey he is still a heroic figure, the gallant poet-prince who never grows old, his tomb a place of pilgrimage." "John Freely tells the story of Jem from his childhood in the palace of the Ottoman Empire, through to his exile, captivity, attempts to return to Turkey and his death at the age of thirty-five."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2004.
Branch Call Number: 956.1015 CEM
Characteristics: xxii, 342 p.,  p. of plates ;,23 cm.