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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-09-11 06:21 AM
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In 1660, the British ambassador to Constantinople, Heneage Finch, arrived for an audience with the sultan at the grand Topkapi Palace, where his entourage was fed sweetmeats. Gifts were exchanged with the Grand Vizier, and finally everyone went through the Gates of Felicity to enter the Inner Court.

Forty eunuchs dressed in satin and gold surrounded the great man on his throne. Two porters locked onto the ambassadors arms, propelled him to the middle of the room, and forced him into a bow so low his forehead hit the ground.

Nothing less was expected. One recalcitrant Dutch official, who gave a rash answer to the Grand Vizier, received 184 blows on his feet, which nearly crippled him for life.

And when the French ambassador protested the courts lack of respect for him, he was beaten up and imprisoned. The vizier described him contemptuously as an infidel: A hogge, a dogge, a turde eater.
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 09:24 PM
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1. Lapham seems to be carving out
a digital niche for himself.
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