Ottoman Sultan surrounded by peiks (messengers) and solak guards.

Ottoman Sultan surrounded by peiks (messengers) and solak guards.

Miniature Portrait of Susannah Beckford (née Love) (died 1803) Painted by the artist Gervase Spencer (1715?-1763)

Miniature portrait of Susannah Beckford née Love died 1803 painted by the artist Gervase Spencer 1715

Officer of Mamelukes to Grand Vizier? The Vinkhuijzen collection of military uniforms / Turkey, 1818. See McLean’s Turkish Army of 1810-1817.

Officer of Mamelukes to Grand Vizier? The Vinkhuijzen collection of military uniforms / Turkey, See McLean’s Turkish Army of

Rhoda Delaval (1725–1757), Lady Astley by Francis Cotes, c. 1756. National Trust

Francis Cotes (English Painter, Rhoda Delaval Lady Astley 1756 It's About Time: Fashion!

Gerard Jean Baptiste Scotin:Tchelebi, a young Turkish lord, 18th century

Gerard Jean Baptiste Scotin:Tchelebi, a young Turkish lord, century

Pasha. The Vinkhuijzen collection of military uniforms / Turkey, 1812. See McLean’s Turkish Army of 1810-1815.

The Vinkhuijzen collection of military uniforms / Turkey, See McLean’s Turkish Army of

A 'Zeybek' warrior from Smyrna/Izmir. Ottoman era, first half of 19th century. Drawing by Charles Gleyre (1808-1874). Watercolor and pencil on paper, 1834. (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).

Zeibeck of Smyrna. Charles Gleyre Watercolor and pencil on paper, 1834 x cm)( x inch ) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Armenian lady of Constantinople. Late-Ottoman era, 1850, from the European lithography, by Janeta Lanzh (publication, Eugéne Flanding).

Armenian lady of Constantinople. Late-Ottoman era, from the European lithography, by Janeta Lanzh (publication, Eugéne Flanding)

Pierre Gobert - Portrait de l'ambassadeur ottoman Yirmisekiz Tchélébi Mehmed efendi

The Ottoman Ambassador Yirmisekiz Tchélébi Mehmed efendi, 1726 by Pierre Gobert

Selim I on his deathbed.I. Selim ölüm döşeğinde.16th century. Selīm-nāme, TSMK, H. 1597-8, f. 267a

The Ottoman Empire was marked by periods of tolerance and periods of often bloody repression of non-Muslims. One of the worst such episodes occurred under Yavuz Sultan Selim I.

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