history meme (french edition) → 7
inventions/achievements (1/7) the franco-ottoman alliance, also known as the first diplomatic, non-ideological alliance between a christian and a non-christian empires
“No original text of this agreement has survived in Paris or in Istanbul, so the details remain uncertain; we know, however, from other sources a fair amount about it. Perhaps its most significant feature was that it was not only a military alliance; it included also a commercial treaty, by the terms of which the subjects of the Sultan and those of the French King were at full liberty to do business in each other’s dominions. Frenchmen anywhere in the Ottoman Empire were answerable only to the French ambassador in Istanbul and to the French consuls in Damascus and Alexandria. The agreement shifted the whole balance of power in the Mediterranean: western Europe was nearer to the east than ever before, and Turkey was now effectively a member of the concert of powers in Europe.” – J. J. Norwich, Four Princes Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V , Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe.