Franco-Ottoman Digital History

The digital history sources/resources on the Franco-Ottoman alliance during the sixteenth century beyond digitized archives remain rather limited. As like so many other areas, Wikipedia holds a prominent place in terms of the secondary digital history. It provides pages on the alliance itself as well as individuals. If one searches “Franco-Ottoman” “French Wars of Religion,” one finds first the Wikipedia page, but also some other sites that: an online book review of Allies with the Infidel by Christine Isom-Verhaaren,  and a statement of research interest. Beyond these useful sites, one finds a plethora of useless websites including the entertaining alt-history sites. A search of “Francois de Noailles,” a French ambassador to the Ottoman court did provide a link to a posted paper on Possibly the most important non-digitized digital source is a website,, on the various online resources that pertain to middle eastern resources. This site provides not just online resources but explanation of all the physical resources available in the archives (both eastern and western archives) as well.

Digitized sources are much more numerous than online encyclopedias, online exhibits, or other digital medium., the French national library’s digital arm, has digitized many sources including a compilation of the correspondence of the French ambassadors in Constantinople (Fonds Francais 161 41-16144). The Venetian archives have some online sources, but their site has proven far less user friendly than Gallica. Luckily, has a link to the digitized collection of the most important fonds in the Venetian archives concerning the Ottomans, the Michellanea documenti turchi. These documents are simply posted as links in the website, but they lack any discerning indexing or summaries of what the documents are. Nevertheless, beggars cannot be choosers. At least, they are digitized and available. In total, the available digitized documents far outweigh the other available digital sources.

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