A eunuch of the Ottoman sultan. Photograph by Pascal Sebah, 1870s. ‘The Black Eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire: Networks of Power in the Court of the Sultan’ by …
‘The Black Eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire: Networks of Power in the Court of the Sultan’ by George Junne (I.B. Tauris, 336 pages, £64) There are few more exotic subjects than the eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire. But despite being key centers of power for over three centuries, Ottoman court eunuchs remain something of an enigma.
The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Imperial Harem. One rarely finds [a eunuch] who has, like him, an open forehead, a well-made nose, large, clear eyes, a small mouth, rosy lips, dazzlingly white teeth, a neck of exact proportion without wrinkles, handsome arms and legs, all the rest of …
At the height of the Ottoman Empire, black eunuchs ― rare, castrated slaves imported from Africa ― became a key part of court politics. Unlike white eunuchs, who were only permitted outside the palace, black eunuchs had access to the harem, the Sultan’s inner court.
Author: George Junne
harem, and the ottoman women There were several different varieties of eunuchs: Sandali, or clean-shaven: The parts are swept off by a single cut of a razor, a tube (tin or wooden) is set in the urethra, the wound is cauterized with boiling oil, and the patient is planted in a fresh dung-hill.
Nov 03, 2017 · A total of 36 Sultans ruled the Ottoman Empire between 1299 and 1922. For many of these years, the Ottoman Sultan would live in the elaborate Topkapi palace complex in Istanbul.
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