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By Christine Isom-Verhaaren

In 1543, the Ottoman fleet seemed off the coast of France to bombard and lay siege to town of great. The operation, lower than the command of Admiral Barbarossa, got here based on a request from François I of France for the aid of Sultan Süleyman the significant 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 excessive condemnation on non secular grounds from the Habsburgs and their supporters as an aberration from authorized international relations. stories of the Crusades have been, finally, nonetheless greatly alive in Europe and an alliance with "the Turk" appeared unthinkable to many. Allies with the Infidel areas the occasions of 1543 and the following wintering of the Ottoman fleet in Toulon within the context of the facility politics of the 16th century. counting on modern Ottoman and French assets, it provides the realpolitik of international relations with "infidels" within the early glossy period. the result's crucial analyzing for college kids and students of eu heritage, Ottoman experiences, and of relatives among the Christian and Islamic worlds.

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Indd 43 4/20/2011 2:58:56 PM 44 A LLIES WITH THE INFIDEL We will deprive them of their kingdoms and empires; we will proclaim them excommunicated and accursed ... ; we will make a crusade against them, because both father and son are heretics; and we will extirpate that accursed race. This scum of the earth has, alas, commanded us, owing to our cowardice, ... You will soon see all Italy in arms, and a war the greatest and most important that ever was—even the Turks will come ...

St. 52 St. Priest’s knowledge of the Ottoman Empire was extensive, but it was the writings of philosophes, such as Voltaire that were popular. 53 During the nineteenth century, historians in France finally united the antiquarian and literary traditions, while continuing the tradition of using history for political purposes. ’54 History was expected to legitimize the Orleanist regime; to depict the nation-state, France, as the model for progress; and to support French imperialism in North Africa.

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. u Francesco Sforza, duke of Milan 1521–1525, 1529–1535. v Joined later. w Clement VII (1523–34), Giulio de’ Medici. x Sforza was to be given Milan under the terms of the League.

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