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Old 27th October 2016, 13:36   #1 (permalink)
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Black Eunochs of the Ottoman Court

I found this article interesting. Not sure if I will buy the book though:-

'There are few more exotic subjects than the eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire. But despite being key centres of power for over three centuries, Ottoman court eunuchs remain something of an enigma.'

The black eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire - FOLDED CORNER
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Old 27th October 2016, 14:50   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Black Eunochs of the Ottoman Court

I tried to read that but my buttocks would not unclench.

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Old 27th October 2016, 15:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Black Eunochs of the Ottoman Court

Loved the last paragraph Abi . Its what came to mind reading the first part. I wonder if it was the intended barb by the author ,wrapped up in a book review to pass editorship veto or . ( or applied fear censorship)

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"One wonders if any of today’s Ottoman revivalists in Turkey fantasize about reviving the imperial tradition of black eunuchs. If you were feeling mischievous, you might even argue that the eunuch heritage has already been symbolically revived in present day Turkey’s court politics. President Erdoğan is cocooned by a narrowing circle of obsequious yes men. Eunuchs surround the throne, flattering the Great Leader, unwilling and unable to tell him unpleasant truths. Old habits certainly die hard".

Could be an intresting book
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Old 27th October 2016, 19:21   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Black Eunochs of the Ottoman Court

Would have read it but not at £64.
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