Earl and His Butler in Constantinople: The Secret Diary of an English Servant Among the Ottomans.

Webb, Nigel R. and Caroline.

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From official documents and private letters, the authors have built up a vivid biography of Lord Kinnoull in the years leading up to his arrival in Turkey - his advantageous marriage; his imprisonment on suspicion of Jacobite sympathies; his involvement in the South Sea Bubble; his fall from grace and his financial embarrassment;and, his unexpected and improbable appointment as ambassador. From his despatches and from the revealing pages of his butler’s diary, the authors have pieced together a lively account which casts new light on the Ottoman Empire and British politics in the 18th century.

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George Hay, 8th Earl of Kinnoull, was an unconventional ambassador. A Scottish aristocrat who had been imprisoned for his Jacobite sympathies and almost bankrupted by his involvement in the South Sea Bubble, Lord Kinnoull had no previous diplomatic experience when he was unexpectedly appointed ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in 1729. Leaving his wife and family of ten at their Yorkshire home, Lord Kinnoull departed England for Constantinople with his political, financial and personal suitability for the role all in doubt. How would he cope with the complex world of international politics? Or negotiate the sensitive relationship between Muslims and Christians? And why was he subsequently recalled to England in disgrace?"The Earl and His Butler in Constantinople" traces Lord Kinnoull's eventful journey to the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where he served as ambassador for seven years - and back again. His butler, Samuel Medley, was his constant companion throughout this time and his is almost the only surviving servant's diary from the period. From this unique and colourful source, as well as from Lord Kinnoull's despatches and family letters, Nigel and Caroline Webb have produced a remarkable biography which casts fresh light on the Ottoman Empire and British politics in the 18th century. It also offers vivid portraits of the cosmopolitan city of Constantinople at this critical stage in its history and of an idiosyncratic Earl and his exceptional butler which will captivate readers.

Book Details

Author Webb, Nigel R. and Caroline.
Format PB
Publisher I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Imprint I.B.Tauris
Number of Pages 248
Illustrations 8pp colour section
Publish Date 30/11/2008
Catalogue LMid8
Catalogue book number 34