(Not So) Fun Fact: When British Officials Stopped a Sultan From Saving A Dying Ireland

Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Abdulmejid I considered giving Irish people a notable amount of aid during the Irish Potato Famine which eventually claimed over a million lives and the emigration of another million Irish people. British officials convinced him to lower that number drastically as it would have overshadowed a more modest amount fromContinue reading “(Not So) Fun Fact: When British Officials Stopped a Sultan From Saving A Dying Ireland”

Fun Fact: Franco-Ottoman Alliance

In the 16th century King Francis I of France found himself desperate to counter the power of Charles V the Holy Roman Emperor. He failed to ally with England, so he reached for friendship with Suleiman I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire who also did not like the power of the House of Habsburg. ThisContinue reading “Fun Fact: Franco-Ottoman Alliance”