The Janissaries

    The Janissaries

    Godfrey Goodwin

    Saqi 2006

    Paperback 288pp Illustrated

    9780863567407   Product Code: 19945

    Dreaded by Europeans and sultans alike, the janissaries were the core infantry of the forces used by the Ottomans as they conquered the Balkans and set up semi-independent states along the North African coast in the 15th and 16th centuries. Goodwin seeks to understand the janissaries 'as human beings', delving into their origins, describing the exacting military training which made them a powerful elite force, and investigating the reasons for their decline.

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