Sultan Murat Chan.
[Frankfurt: de Bry, 1593.]
Engraving. Sheet 95 x 95mm (3¾ x 3¾). Trimmed losing ornamental border; glued to backing sheet.
Murad III (1546-95), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from the death of Selim II in 1574. He approved negotations towards an alliance between the Ottoman Empire and the England of Elizabeth I: England sold the Ottomans tin and lead needed for cannon-casting, and, with the outbreak of England's war with Spain in 1585, they planned joint military operations. Murat wrote that Islam and Protestantism had 'much more in common than either did with Roman Catholicism, as both rejected the worship of idols'. Published in the 'Vitae et icones Sultanorum turcicorum'.
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