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, lower than the command of Admiral Barbarossa, got here in keeping with a request from François I of France for the aid of Sultan Süleyman the marvelous 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 extreme condemnation on spiritual grounds from the Habsburgs and their supporters as an aberration from authorized international relations. stories of the Crusades have been, in the end, nonetheless a great deal alive in Europe and an alliance with "the Turk" appeared unthinkable to many. Allies with the Infidel locations the occasions of 1543 and the next wintering of the Ottoman fleet in Toulon within the context of the ability politics of the 16th century. hoping on modern Ottoman and French assets, it provides the realpolitik of international relations with "infidels" within the early sleek period. the result's crucial examining for college students and students of ecu heritage, Ottoman stories, and of family among the Christian and Islamic worlds.

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Indd 27 4/20/2011 2:58:54 PM 28 A LLIES WITH THE INFIDEL was following a well established pattern. The pope, Naples, Venice, and Milan had all previously requested Ottoman aid against their Christian enemies. The Italian Wars, from the French Invasion of Italy of 1494 The wars in Italy that began with the French invasion of 1494 increasingly involved the Ottomans diplomatically. Eventually these wars became a contest between François I (1515–47), king of France, and Charles V (1516–56), king of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, for control of Italy and preeminence in Europe.

In the following chapters, this book provides numerous examples of history and other writings being employed for political purposes in regards to the Ottoman-French alliance. As relations between France and the Ottoman Empire altered, views of this alliance were modified to align with contemporary circumstances. The context for the views of the alliance needs to be briefly reviewed here and presented in more detail in Chapter 1. In the sixteenth century, French kings needed the Ottoman-French alliance as long as they fought the Habsburgs, so the French primary sources concerning the alliance are generally pragmatic and favorable, accepting and promoting royal foreign policy.

Charles VIII, Valois (1483–98). Bayezid II (1481–1512). Louis XII, Valois, house of Orleans (1498–1515). Joined the allies later. Henry VII, Tudor (1485–1509). Julius II, della Rovere (1503–13). Henry VIII, Tudor (1509–47). Leo X, Giovanni de’ Medici (1513–21). François I, Valois (1515–47). Charles, Habsburg, king of Spain after 1516. Selim I (1512–1520). Hadrian VI, Dedel (1522–23), former tutor of Charles V. Holy Roman Emperor, 1519–56; and king of Spain, 1516–1556. t Habsburg, brother of Charles V, ruler of Austria.

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