We will be visiting Istanbul in the Fall, and would really like to delve into the history of Topkapi Palace before we visit there (last time I was there, I enjoyed looking at the buildings, etc, but really would like to have known more about the inhabitants). Our Fodor's guidebook suggests reading up on Topkapi before visiting, and hints that there is a lot of intrigue and excitement surrounding the histories of the sultans and harem, etc, but doesn't give any specific book suggestions. I have tried searching online and have mostly found books about the history of the palace complex itself (buildings, expansion,etc), or the history of the palace inhabitants from the latter days of the Ottoman Empire (18th and 19th centuries), but nothing that is really a comprehensive history of the palace's inhabitants from the beginnings of the Ottoman Empire. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'd really appreciate it!
Istanbul - Topkapi book recommendation?
Recent ActivityView all Europe activity »
- 1 Nuremburg and Bamberg from Munich
- 2 Andaluzia - where to stay in Seville and Malaga?
- 3 5 Hour Layover in Amsterdam
- 4 avoiding stuffy and inflexible service at nice european resorts
- 5 Day Trips From Stockton-on-Tees
- 6 Budapest hotels - Ibis Heroes or Ibis Budapest City
- 7 London sites - skipping the queue?
- 8 Can you see the Matterhorn at all from Bellinzona Switzerland?
- 9 London 2nd time around
- 10 A Good Base on Mallorca
- 11 Edinburgh - outings?
- 12 Croatia-Slovenia-Austria Itinerary Help!
- 13 London Day Trips - Soooo many options
- 14 Planning for Italy trip with a two-year old
- 15 Madrid airport at night - how to pass the time
- 16 What to wear
- 17 How much time did -you- spend in Delphi and Olympia?
- 18 Tedgale Trip Report: Portugal in April 2014 (with Easter in Amsterdam)
- 19 London Pass - Available through AAA?
- 20 Disneyland Paris transportation
- 21 DH wants Paris but I need ACoast....itinerary help!
- 22 7 Nights in Paris
- 23 What to book ahead in Barcelona?
- 24 Irish Inns and B&B Reservations
- 25 Istanbul Itinerary