Henk Boom

Henk Boom writes for several newspapers and is the author of 1506. A journey through the world of Erasmus, Machiavelli, Jeroen Bosch, Da Vinci and Joanna the Mad, which has been translated into Spanish. The Great Turk was nominated for the prestigious ako Literature Prize.

The Great Turk

The Great Turk

In the footsteps of Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566)

(Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep, 2010, 343 pages)

Under Suleiman the Magnificent, Turkey enjoyed its Golden Age. The Ottoman Empire stretched from the Danube to the Euphrates, the Tigris and the Nile. For his biography of the sultan, Henk Boom spoke to historians and innumerable other specialists in Rhodes, Budapest, Vienna, Sarajevo and Istanbul, places where the Great Turk left a rich heritage. He demonstrates convincingly that the influence Suleiman had on Europe persists right up to the present day.

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