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Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance$
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Russ Leo, Katrin Röder, and Freya Sierhuis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198823445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198823445.001.0001

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Ottoman Kingship and Resistance Against Tyranny in Fulke Greville’s Mustapha

Ottoman Kingship and Resistance Against Tyranny in Fulke Greville’s Mustapha

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(p.245) 14 Ottoman Kingship and Resistance Against Tyranny in Fulke Greville’s Mustapha
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Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance
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Katrin Röder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823445.003.0014

This chapter investigates Greville’s use and adaptation of historical source material for his tragedy Mustapha, especially of Nicholas de Moffan’s Soltani Solymanni, Turcarum Imperatoris, horrendum facinus […] or its many translations and adaptations as well as of Johannes Leunclaviuss Annales Sultanorum Othmanidarum […]. It demonstrates that this choice of historical material and its creative appropriation enabled a representation of the political structure of the Ottoman Empire which contradicts pervasive contemporary portrayals of the sovereign, virtually unlimited power of Ottoman sultans and of their subjects’ unconditional obedience. Greville’s tragedy does not provide an unbiased picture of the Ottoman Empire, but it avoids easy strategies of Othering by emphasizing similarities between Christian (especially English) and Ottoman forms of kingship, power abuse, and resistance to tyranny.

Keywords:   Ottoman Empire, kingship, sovereignty, natural law, tyranny, resistance, constitutionalism, Othering, Calvinism, scepticism

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