Destined to be Detained: Devshirme: Slave Children of the Ottoman Sultan
Thursday, 23 October, 2014
Through a slide lecture on a series of manuscripts and paintings, join Christine Bentley for an intriguing discussion of the Devshirme, a system of human taxation under the direction of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th-19th centuries. Young Christian boys were taken away from their families in the Balkans and made into the property of the Sultan in order to become part of the army or the administration. The discussion will focus on their role within the empire, their academic and military training, along with their lifestyle within the extensive "residential complex" of the Sultan.