Tales of the Turk

Ottoman subjects, or 'the Turk', were more common in 17th-century Britain than might be imagined. But as John-Paul Ghobrial explains, popular perceptions were still sometimes shaped by fanciful stories...

This painting in Kensington Palace shows a group standing on a balustrade. Among them are George I’s two Turkish grooms of the chamber, ‘Mustapha’ and ‘Mohamed’. (Photo by Steve Vidler/Alamy Stock Photo)

This article was first published in the August 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

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