BLOG 45 09/02/2017 Matrakçı Nasuh: The Bosnian Leonardo da Vinci of the Ottoman Empire

Matrakçı Nasuh: The Bosnian Leonardo da Vinci of the Ottoman Empire Nasuh bin Karagöz bin Abdullah el-Visokavi el-Bosnavî better known as Matrakçı Nasuh, was a 16th century Bosnian mathematician, teacher, historian, cartographer, swordmaster, painter and illustrator. He was born in the town of Visoko and recruited as a Janissary under devşirme system common in the Ottoman Empire […]

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Blog 24 18/01/2016 Crete under Ottoman Rule. Part II: The Massacre at Arkadi.

Crete under Ottoman Rule. Part II: The Massacre at Arkadi. In the breathtakingly beautiful Amari region of Crete, Mount Psiloritis, the largest mountain in Crete, rises majestically out of the Idean Mountain range, its peak often hidden beyond the clouds. Bathed in a diaphanous blue light, it is easy to imagine how the mystery of […]

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A LITERARY WORLD: An Interview with Libi Astaire

A LITERARY WORLD Author Interview with Libi Astaire Welcome to A Literary World and the first interview for 2016. Today’s guest is author and journalist, Libi Astaire, whose books include the Jewish Regency Mystery Series; Banished Heart, a novel about Shakespeare’s writing of the Merchant of Venice; Terra Incognita, a novel about modern-day descendants of […]

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The Embroiderer published

Set against the mosques and minarets of Asia Minor and the ruins of ancient Athens, The Embroiderer is a gripping saga of love and loss, hope and despair, and of the extraordinary courage of women in the face of adversity. Published by SilverWood Books on 5th November 2014.

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Welcome to my blog

When I decided to write a novel set in Greece and Turkey during the final years of the Ottoman Empire, I was faced with the problem of how to take my female protagonists out of the cloistered world of domesticity to justify their importance and influence in the wider community. Whether it is because I […]

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