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The Twenty-day Sultan
To be a sultan even for only twenty days is an achievement. Cem Sultan paid for it for the rest of his life… Born the third son of Fatih Sultan Mehmet (the conqueror of Constantinople), Cem could style himself as ‘porphyrogenitus’, being born when his father was an emperor, unlike his two brothers Beyazıt and Mustafa. According to Ottoman tradition, princes were sent out to the provinces while still very young, to learn the ropes…
Donatello. The Renaissance
The simplicity of the title of this marvellous exhibition prepares us for the presence of a series of masterpieces by the greatest Western sculptor of all time….
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Somerset Books presents
Blue Danube is a sister imprint to Blue Guides, the august 100 year old guide book series. The new imprint focuses on literature, history and travel in Central Europe.
We publish articles by Blue Guides writers and editors reviewing books and exhibitions and giving updates on the beautiful and historic destinations covered in our series. We also share comments and updates on each individual title – do feel free to add your own comments or to contact us.
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