The Black Eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire: Networks of Power in the Court of the Sultan by George Junne
English | June 22nd, 2016 | ASIN: B01MFXO7SF, ISBN: 1784531545 | 272 pages | EPUB | 2.82 MB
At the height of the Ottoman Empire, black eunuchs ― rare, castrated slaves imported from ― became a key part of court politics. Unlike white eunuchs, who were only permitted outside the palace, black eunuchs had access to the harem, the Sultan's inner court. The Chief Black Eunuch, appointed personally by the Sultan, had both the ear of the leader of a vast Islamic Empire and held power over a network of spies and informers, including eunuchs and slaves throughout Constantinople and beyond.