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Early years[ edit ] He was born the illegitimate son of the Seigneur de Busbecq, Georges Ghiselin, and his mistress Catherine Hespiel, although he was later legitimized. Like his father and grandfather, Busbecq chose a career of public service. He started work in the court of the Austrian monarch Ferdinand I in approximately At the Ottoman court[ edit ] In and again in , [1] Ferdinand named him ambassador to the Ottoman Empire under the rule of Suleiman the Magnificent. His task for much of the time he was in Constantinople was the negotiation of a border treaty between his employer the future Holy Roman Emperor and the Sultan over the disputed territory of Transylvania.

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Germain, near Rouen , France , Flemish diplomat and man of letters who, as ambassador to Constantinople now Istanbul , wrote informatively about Turkish life. Busbecq was the illegitimate son of the Seigneur de Busbecq and was later legitimated. On his second visit, Busbecq was placed under house arrest by the sultan, but he finally succeeded in framing peace terms that were ratified after his return to Vienna in After Ferdinand became emperor in , Busbecq held various positions at the imperial court.

His letters were also long admired for their stylistic elegance and were regarded as models by later ambassadors. A man of lively interests, Busbecq collected Greek manuscripts later incorporated into the Austrian national collections , and he discovered the Monumentum Ancyranum ; the latter is an inscription engraved about 14 ce on the walls of a temple in ancient Ancyra modern Ankara , Tur.

After meeting in Constantinople with two ambassadors from Crimea , Busbecq made, and included in one of his letters, the first list of words from a form of the Gothic language that was still used in that region. He also introduced into Europe several types of plants and animals native to the Levant, notably the lilac, the tulip , and the Angora goat. This article was most recently revised and updated by Michael Ray , Editor.

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His letters provide important foreign accounts of the Ottoman state. Because Busbecq was trying to bring about reform at home, he did not dwell on the very real problems with Ottoman government. At Buda I made my first acquaintance with the Janissaries; this is the name by which the Turks call the infantry of the royal guard. The Turkish state has 12, of these troops when the corps is at its full strength. They are scattered through every part of the empire, either to garrison the forts against the enemy, or to protect the Christians and Jews from the violence of the mob. There is no district with any considerable amount of population, no borough or city, which has not a detachment of Janissaries to protect the Christians, Jews, and other helpless people from outrage and wrong.

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Germain, near Rouen , France , Flemish diplomat and man of letters who, as ambassador to Constantinople now Istanbul , wrote informatively about Turkish life. Busbecq was the illegitimate son of the Seigneur de Busbecq and was later legitimated. On his second visit, Busbecq was placed under house arrest by the sultan, but he finally succeeded in framing peace terms that were ratified after his return to Vienna in After Ferdinand became emperor in , Busbecq held various positions at the imperial court.

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