A REFRESINGLY CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE ON THE OTTOMAN EMPİRE What made the Ottoman Empire such an important chapter in world history? What did Istanbul mean to the Ottomans and Europeans? Why was the family such a pivotal institution for Ottoman society? What kind of place was the Enderun palace school, at which future members of the administrative and military elite as well as good many artists were raised? What was special about the Ottoman palaces? How did the Topkapı Palace manage to be both modest and sumptuous? What did the Ottoman sultans and pashas do on a daily basis? What did the Ottomans tend to cook? What made Sinan the Architect such a genius, this man whose works continue to inspire people even today. What features distinguished Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror from the other Ottoman emperors, and what strategy did he apply during the conquest od Istanbul? What kind of information were people in interested in history able to glean from Ottoman travel-accounts? In what sense is Sultanahmet the square at the centre of the world? Discovering the Ottomans seeks answers to these and other questions, addressing key issues the still intrigue people in Turkey and abroad. It is the work of İlber Ortaylı, one of Turkey’s foremost historians, and is memorable not just for its interpretations, which attest to the author’s rich intellectual background, but also for its fluid and engaging style. The book invites history buffs of all ages to discover the Ottomans.
All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, “Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!”.
It was a wonderful night, such a night as is only possible when we are young, dear reader. The sky was so starry, so bright that, looking at it, one could not help asking oneself whether ill-humoured and capricious people could live under such a sky. That is a youthful question too, dear reader, very youthful, but may the Lord put it more frequently into your heart!
Heidi is one of the best-selling books ever written and is among the best-known works of Swiss literature. Heidi is a work of children’s fiction published in 1881 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. It is a novel about the events in the life of a young girl in her grandfather’s care, in the Swiss Alps. It was written as a book “for children and those who love children”
In this good-natured satire upon dictatorship, George Orwell makes use of the technique perfected by Swift in The Tale of A Tub. It is the history of a revolution that went wrong- and of the excellent: excuses that were forthcoming at every step for each perversion of the original doctrine. The animals on a farm drive out their master and take over and administer the farm for themselves. The experiment is entirely successful, except for the unfortunate fact that someone has to take the deposed farmer’s place. Leadership devolves almost automatically upon the pigs, who are on a higher intellectual level than the rest of the animals. Unhappily their character is not equal to their intelligence, and out of this fact springs the main development of the story. The last chapter brings a dramatic change, which, as soon as it has happened, is seen to have been inevitable from the start.
Modern readers associate the sonnet form with romantic love and with good reason: the first sonnets written in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Italy celebrated the poets’ feelings for their beloveds and their patrons. These sonnets were addressed to stylized, lionized women and dedicated to wealthy noblemen, who supported poets with money and other gifts, usually in return for lofty praise in print. Shakespeare dedicated his sonnets to “Mr. W. H.,” and the identity of this man remains unknown.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892; the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between June 1891 and July 1892. The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson. The stories are related infirst-person narrative from Watson’s point of view.