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Lead book review

Truly magnificent: the splendour of Suleiman I

Suleiman I richly deserved his epithet, as this vivid account of his early years illustrates, says Jason Burke

26 February 2022

9:00 AM

26 February 2022

9:00 AM

The Lion House: The Coming of a King Christopher de Bellaigue

Bodley Head, pp.320, 20

In this luminous, erudite book, Christopher de Bellaigue tells the story of the early years of Suleiman the Magnificent, the best known and most powerful of the Ottoman sultans.It is far from a standard narrative history. Drawing on sources in English, French, Italian and German, de Bellaigue has written a gripping account that evokes an epic poem, saga or ‘book of kings’ rather than a familiar biographical plod.

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