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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 the town of great. The operation, lower than the command of Admiral Barbarossa, got here according to a request from François I of France for the help of Sultan Süleyman the amazing 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 accredited international relations. stories of the Crusades have been, in any case, nonetheless greatly 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 facility politics of the 16th century. hoping on modern Ottoman and French resources, it offers the realpolitik of international relations with "infidels" within the early glossy period. the result's crucial interpreting for college kids and students of eu background, Ottoman stories, and of family members among the Christian and Islamic worlds.

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These negotiations set the precedent for close ties between the Ottomans and states which felt threatened by their neighbors. 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.

22 French diplomacy during the reign of François I slowly gained momentum as the king realized that he must make the most of any possible weapon in his rivalry with Charles V. In 1520 after his defeat in the imperial election, François only had permanent diplomatic representation in Rome and Venice. Because he desired Swiss mercenaries, he established a resident ambassador with the Swiss Cantons by 1522. After his defeat at Pavia and imprisonment in Madrid, the king and his mother established contact with Süleyman.

Indd 18 4/15/2011 7:43:17 PM INTRODUCTION 19 usually Greek or Roman, were interested in historical accuracy. 46 Many historians of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century were jurists who used skills acquired in their legal scholarship to revolutionize the writing of history in France for they valued the use of primary sources and eyewitnesses over legend. The political climate of the sixteenth century led many of them to research French origins, while others wrote about contemporary events.

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