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223 of the same volume, where Vincentio dlAlessandri speaks in similar terms of the devotion of his subjects to Tahm&sp,the son and successor of Isma'il. Most of this passage has been already quoted on p. 23 szcpua. CH. II] ISMA'~LTAKES THE FIELD 51 god, and especially by his soldiers, many of whom enter into battle without armour, expecting their master Ismael to watch over them in the fight.. " "The Suffaveans fought like lions'' is a phrase which repeatedly occurs in the pages of the Venetian travellers.


These letters, which passed between successive Ottoman SulfAns and neighbouring rulers, as well as between them and their sons, ministers and governors, are sometimes in Turkishand sometimes in Persian or Arabic. Unfortunately many of them are undated. They have hitherto been so little used that no apology is needed for summarizing the contents or indicating the purport of such of them as concern the Safawis down to the death of ShAh Isma'il in 93011523-4, that is, during the reigns of the Ottoman SulfAns BAyazfd I1 (886I ~ zthe o )first , 918/1481-1512), Salim I ( ~ I ~ - ~ z ~ / I ~ I z -and four years of SulaymAn " the Magnificent" (926--g30/152+ 15 24).

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