Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV, Volume 3

The Armies of the Ottoman Empire 1645-1719

Bruno Mugnai

Organization, composition and history of the army of the Sublime Porte in the age of the maximum expansion of the Empire.
Date Published :
September 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
121 b/w illustrations, 9 b/w maps, numerous tables, 16pp color plates
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913118846
Pages : 386
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : Available


Conflicts between Christian powers and the Ottoman Empire displayed completely different characteristics compared to other contemporary wars fought in Europe, war without mercy being the norm. The tones adopted by Western literature to describe the Ottomans resemble the ones recently used against the communist bloc and the Soviet Union, and it is probably not a coincidence that certain prophecies about the sultan, such as his arrival in Rome and watering the horse in San Pietro, survived until the post-1945 period, replacing the Grand Turk with the Red Army’s Cossacks.

This book deals with the organization, the composition and the history of the army of the Sublime Porte, starting from the information contained in Western sources. This approach, despite the partial origin of the information, allows a critical examination of the sources and the formulation of a vision that is not conditioned by the clichés that often occur about such topics, returning us to a a neutral vision of the complex Ottoman ‘Military’ represented with all its refined and sumptuous costumes and weapons apparatus.

A larger part of the work is dedicated to the different types of clothing and insignia of the different corps, their evolution and the meaning of the different symbols.

About The Author

Bruno Mugnai was born in Florence in 1962 and still lives there with Silvia, Chiara and Eugenio. Active for years as a divulger of history and illustrator, he has published several titles for publishers such as the Historical Office of the Italian Army and Helion & Company in the UK, concerning to the periods and geographical areas of his interest, as the Ancient Italian States, central and eastern Europe in 16th, 17th and 18th century and South America after the conquest. As an illustrator he is collaborating with important Italian and foreign specialists and with the Stibbert Museum of Florence. Bruno is a Rugby Football Union enthusiast, who is still trusting in the Italian Grand Slam in the Six Nations Tournament.


‘’If there is a better book on the Ottoman army in the 17th Century, I would like to see it, because it must be very impressive to beat what Mugnai has achieved in this volume. Mugnai writes with clarity and obvious specialist knowledge, and while I found the narrative of battles and campaigns, particularly those around the siege of Vienna in 1683, the most interesting aspects of the book, the understanding that Mugnai brings to every aspect of the Ottoman army is informative and well written. This book is full of illustrations and photographs, but it is the beautiful colour plates, also painted by the multi-talented Mugnai that catch the eye. Overall, this is an excellent book for specialists and general military history enthusiasts. Highly recommended 10/10.’’

- Wargames Illustrated

"It's all quite complete for the wargamer of the period -- troop types, painting guide, and organization."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"This book is extremely detailed, and highly useful for historians, the inquisitive, war gamers and figure modelers."


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