Appeal to the Turk

The broken boundaries of the Renaissance

Giovanni Ricci
Translated by Richard Chapman
Collana: Viella History, Art and Humanities Collection, 4
Pubblicazione: Maggio 2018
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pp. 190, 8 tav., 15,5x23 cm, hardback
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This book sheds some light on something unmentionable, that public powers and individuals in the Christian world had been doing for a long time: to solve their diverse personal and political issues, they appealed to the Turks. This especially happened in Renaissance Italy, particularly exposed both to the Turkish peril and seduction; and even some popes, in quarrel with other Christian princes, engaged in this practice.

It seems clear that the prevailing historical memory, often hinged on conflict, is the result of a formal and morally charged selection of facts. If the Italian capitals germinated the plans, the actions were then spread quite widely along the coasts of the Mediterranean or into the interior of the Balkans or in Istanbul. In this, the Italian states were in the avant-garde, at least half a century before France established the so-called “impious alliance” with the Ottoman Empire.

  • 1. Introduction: unmentionable acts?
  • 2. Mehmed II, Christian emperor
  • 3. A military tract as a gift to the Sultan
  • 4. The Roman Academy plot
  • 5. Venice the “scoundrel”
  • 6. Recruiting the Turks is useless
  • 7. Towards the dying Granada as well
  • 8. Boccolino da Osimo’s illusion
  • 9. The Borgia Pope writes to Bayezid II
  • 10. “The Turk seems necessary”
  • 11. The geopolitics of Ludovico il Moro
  • 12. “Better the government of the Turk than of the priests”
  • 13. Curious letters between Mantua and Istanbul
  • 14. Venice the “concubine”
  • 15. Mantua-Istanbul, again
  • 16. Diogo/Salomon calls the Turks to Rome
  • 17. France’s impiousness
  • 18. The Franco-Ottoman alliance and Italy
  • 19. Lucrezia Gonzaga writes to Suleiman
  • 20. Threatening and faking
  • 21. “To do justice, the Turk and the Great Sultan”
  • 22. And the appeal to Christians?
  • 23. The clash of civilizations or the Mediterranean Alternative
  • Bibliography
  • List of illustrations
  • Index

This book is the revised and enhanced edition of Appello al Turco. I confini infranti del Rinascimento (Viella 2011).

Giovanni Ricci

Giovanni Ricci ha insegnato Storia dell’Europa moderna presso l’Università di Ferrara. Si occupa di storia sociale e culturale del Rinascimento e di rapporti fra l’Europa cristiana e i “turchi”. Con l’editore Il Mulino ha pubblicato: Povertà, vergogna, superbia (1996; finalista Premio Viareggio); Il principe e la morte (1998); Ossessione turca (2002; trad. in turco); I giovani, i morti (2007); I turchi alle porte (2008).

Giovanni Ricci is former Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Ferrara. His interests are the social and cultural history of the Renaissance and relations between Christian Europe and the Muslim world. He has published Povertà, vergogna, superbia (1996); Il principe e la morte (1998); Ossessione turca (2002; translated into Turkish); I giovani, i morti (2007); I turchi alle porte (2008), all with the publisher Il Mulino (Bologna).

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