suleyman i


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.


“The moon split in half and the stars crumbled,falling like fireworks into the sea.I watched my world fall apart,the day my love left me”-Christy Ann Martine

Throne of my lonely niche, my wealth, my love, my moonlight.

My most sincere friend, my confidant, my very existence, my Sultan, my one and only love.
The most beautiful among the beautiful…
My springtime, my merry faced love, my daytime, my sweetheart, laughing leaf…
My plants, my sweet, my rose, the one only who does not distress me in this world…
My Constantinople, my Caraman, the earth of my Anatolia
My Badakhshan, my Baghdad and Khorasan
My woman of the beautiful hair, my love of the slanted brow, my love of eyes full of mischief…
I’ll sing your praises always

I, lover of the tormented heart, Muhibbi of the eyes full of tears, I am happy.


Muhibbi (nom de plume of Suleiman I) 

partial translation of 16th century love poem to Hürrem Sultan Roxelana

Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520–66)

A tughra is a stylized royal seal and signature applied by the Ottoman sultans to every royal edict. Each sultan’s tughra is slightly different, but Suleiman the Magnificent introduced a standard calligraphic design during his reign (1520-66), one that typically includes the name of the reigning sultan as well as his father’s name, his title, and the phrase “the eternally victorious." 

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Never before had the world seen four such giants coexisting. Sometimes friends, more often enemies, these men held Europe in the hollow of their hands.


My very own queen, my everything,
my beloved, my bright moon;
My intimate companion, my one and all,
sovereign of all beauties, my sultan.
My life, the gift I own, my be-all,
my elixir of Paradise, my Eden,
My spring, my joy, my glittering day,
my exquisite one who smiles on and on. 

– poem by Süleyman the Magnificent, translated by Talat S. Halman


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Suleiman I, or Suleiman The Magnificent, died on 6 September 1566 at the age of 71. He had left Constantinople to command an expedition to Hungary but he passed away right before the Ottoman victory.  His body was buried in the Ottoman capital, however some of his organs including his heart were buried in Turbék. The burial site was “marked” with a mausoleum and was considered a holy  pilgrimage place.

Hadim Suleyman Pasha, the Bosnian eunuch, beylerbey (governor) of Ottoman Rumelia and the favorite of Sultan Mehmed II.

Suleyman is famous for the Siege of Shkodra of 1474  (it was an attack upon Venetian-controlled Shkodra in Albania, during the First Ottoman-Venetian War since 1463 to 1479) and the Battle of Vaslui on 10 January 1475 (Ottoman-Moldavia war). In 1478 Mehmed personally led the campaign againsе Stefan cel Mare, he took Suleiman with himself as a captain of his troops and the Turks took the victory at Valea Alba (nowadays Romania).

The byzantine historian Thodore Spandounes calls him “Ali-Bassa Eunucho” and mentions that he was a man who enjoyed Mehmed’s special favor. He must have been very beautiful to be made eunuch, to serve to sultan personally and raise in his rank to the governor. Albanian historian Marin Barleti, a historian and Catholic priest from Shkodra wrote about Suleiman’s cruel, tyrannical, but cunning character. Well that was the war. I think Suleyman was a person devoted to Mehmed and true to his will.

  • Hurrem: This is my husband, Suleyman, and this is Suleyman’s boyfriend, Ibrahim.
  • Ibrahim: Hey.
  • Rustem: Hey...oh...wait, sorry. What's the situation?
  • Hurrem: What do you mean?
  • Rustem: How does this work?
  • Hurrem: Suleyman is gay but he's straight for me, but he's gay for Ibrahim, and Ibrahim is really gay for Suleyman. And I hate Ibrahim.
  • Suleyman: It’s not that complicated.