By Christine Isom-Verhaaren
In 1543, the Ottoman fleet seemed off the coast of France to bombard and lay siege to the town of great. The operation, below the command of Admiral Barbarossa, got here in accordance with a request from François I of France for the help of Sultan Süleyman the brilliant in France’s fight opposed to Charles V, the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain. This army alliance among mutual "infidels", the Christian French King and the Muslim Sultan, aroused excessive condemnation on non secular grounds from the Habsburgs and their supporters as an aberration from authorised international relations. thoughts of the Crusades have been, finally, nonetheless greatly alive in Europe and an alliance with "the Turk" appeared unthinkable to many. Allies with the Infidel areas the occasions of 1543 and the next wintering of the Ottoman fleet in Toulon within the context of the facility politics of the 16th century. hoping on modern Ottoman and French assets, it offers the realpolitik of international relations with "infidels" within the early sleek period. the result's crucial interpreting for college kids and students of eu background, Ottoman reports, and of relatives among the Christian and Islamic worlds.
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Complain ... that this alliance is contrary to the law of God. The French reply ... 51 By the eighteenth century French culture had created a taste for ‘philosophical history’ which disdained antiquarian research erecting a barrier separating the érudits from the philosophes, whose works were praised and admired. The Comte de St. Priest, French ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1768–1785, wrote a history of French diplomacy with the empire from the time of François I to Louis XVI. Since he refers to the sources that he consulted, including an Ottoman history, his work can be considered an érudit history.
44 While the French fleet wintered at Chios, Venice allowed the French to use Venetian galleys to send money for the fleet’s support. 45 No sooner was the war of Parma settled than another war erupted in Italy between Henri II and Charles V, when the Sienese revolted against the Spanish with French support in July 1552. When Julius III tried to make peace between Charles V and Henri II, Charles complained that Henri incited his subjects to rebellion and solicited help from the Ottomans. The imperial army withdrew from Siena probably because of the arrival of the Ottoman fleet at Naples.
During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, rivalry over control of Italian lands enmeshed the Ottomans as well as the kings of France and the Habsburgs. The Ottoman Empire played an integral role in European diplomatic relations from the second half of the fifteenth century through the sixteenth century. In the course of the fifteenth century, many Italian states formed alliances with the Ottomans to strengthen their positions against their neighbors in the power struggles in Italy. Their opponents criticized these alliances because Christians were forming alliances with Muslims against other Christians, rather than uniting together to launch crusades against infidels.
Allies with the Infidel: The Ottoman and French Alliance in the Sixteenth Century (Library of Ottoman Studies) by Christine Isom-Verhaaren