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Reviews

  • There are books that enlarge the mind, there are books that enrich the soul, but rarely comes a book so beautifully written and profound that it manages to do both

    ELIF SHAFAK, author of The Island of Missing Trees
  • Christopher de Bellaigue has a magic talent for writing history. It is as if we are there as the era of Suleyman the Magnificent unfolds

    ORHAN PAMUK
  • A galloping, vivid present-tense narrative that brings stunningly to life the scale of Suleyman's quest for world domination. Non-fiction with the readability of a thriller. Unputdownable

    VICTORIA HISLOP
  • A brilliant history of big power politics and courtly intrigue that reads like a majestic, sweeping historical novel. Essential reading for anyone wishing to understand political ambition and the role of narcissistic leaders and scheming courtiers in any age

    ROBERT PESTON, Political Editor ITV News
  • De Bellaigue is a riveting and expert guide to the story of Suleyman's quest for power

    PETER FRANKOPAN, author of The Silk Roads
  • The Ottoman Empire at the very height of its power and glory, narrated with a verve and flair that make the characters burst from the pages. Outstanding history and an incredibly good read

    EUGENE ROGAN, author of The Fall of the Ottomans
  • Poised effortlessly between two worlds and two ages, as at home in Istanbul as in the chambers of Venice, alert to every nuance of costume and gesture which is the key to imperial power, de Bellaigue brings you into councils and banquets, through sieges and bedrooms in a book as pungent and mysterious as the age it depicts

    RORY STEWART, former British Cabinet Minister and author of The Places In Between
  • Sensuous and scholarly, meticulously researched and deliciously irreverent, The Lion House is an intoxicating journey through the Ottomans' golden age

    AMBERIN ZAMAN, correspondent, Al-Monitor, Turkey correspondent for the Economist (1999-2016) and Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC
  • The Lion House presents a historical universe that captivates and astonishes and is near-impossible to put down. A superb example of historical literature and research, opening a vista upon Suleyman's ascent, one of the most significant in world history

    RICHARD WHATMORE, Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews
  • De Bellaigue guides us through the labyrinths of statecraft and private passions of the Ottoman court, the Doge's palace and the geographies in between and beyond. The Lion House is full of breath-taking events at the cross-roads of empires happening at a moment in history when notions such as Europe, Asia, Christianity and Islam were infinitely more fluid and permeable than they are today

    KEREM OKTEM, Professor of International Relations at Ca' Foscari University, Venice

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