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Suleiman the Magnificent and the Ottoman Empire's "Golden Age", Part 2 with Dr. Lauren Mackay

Suleiman the Magnificent and the Ottoman Empire's "Golden Age", Part 2 with Dr. Lauren Mackay


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The Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, or Suleiman the Lawgiver in Turkish, was one of the most famous rulers of the Early Modern World. In a reign that spanned forty- five years, Suleiman presided over a golden age of Ottoman art, architecture and culture, building upon the realm he had inherited, expanding Ottoman territories and dominions--by the end of Suleiman’s reign, the Ottoman Empire extended over parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa. 

In the West, the Ottomans had long been seen as a distant turbulence, menacing and enticing the courts of Europe. But Suleiman’s reign saw a shift towards connectivity and intersection of culture amongst kingdoms, as Suleiman sought alliances with powerful European kingdoms for the first time, changing the face of 16th century global politics. The language of power shifted from the sword to silk, as expansion and domination of the west pivoted to cultural exchange, diplomacy, and trade, with the Ottomans playing a decisive role in European politics, creating a lasting impact on the Early Modern World. 

Lecture 2: With Suleiman establishing himself as a powerful force to be reckoned with, we delve into Suleiman the man, his relationships, aesthetic tastes, and the Ottoman “Renaissance” which saw some of the most brilliant works produced in every branch of art, from literature and illustrated manuscripts, to magnificent architectural achievements and luxurious textiles and carpets, all coveted in the courts of Europe. 

Led by an expert on Early Modern Europe, Dr. Lauren Mackay, this Lecture will trace the life and reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, from a young boy with an unlikely path to the throne to one of the most revered and powerful monarchs of the age. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of 16th century Ottoman culture and global politics, as well as Suleiman’s lingering legacy, parts of which are still felt today. 

Dr. Lauren Mackay is an Early Modern historian, author, lecturer, and historical consultant. Her books include "Among The Wolves of Court," "The Wolf Hall Companion," and "Inside the Tudor Court." Her fourth book, "Thunder Through the Realms: Five Kingdoms and the shaping of Early Modern Europe" is due out late 2022 with Bloomsbury Publishing. Lauren has appeared as an expert for several historical documentaries.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Laurie (Phoenix, US)
Very interesting

Fascinating presentation- learned a lot

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Margaret Fearey (Milton, US)

Excellent presentation - in content & graphics. Fabulous subject very knowledgeably & compellingly presented