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By Doris Behrens-Abouseif

problematic and sensational presents have been the hallmark of Mamluk international relations. From Cairo, the place they managed the medieval spice exchange and the holy websites of Christianity and Islam, the Mamluk Sultans - aware of their humble slave origins - augmented their claims to legitimacy via very good monitors of diplomatic gift-giving, making a celebrated attractiveness for the Sultanate from Europe to the some distance East. From spices, ceremonial textiles and armed forces items to elephants and giraffes, or even people - both residing or as severed heads - the choices different together and emphasis in keeping with the prestige and situations of giver and receiver, yet constantly created a sensation. via an exceptional learn of fundamental resources and rigorous fieldwork, this unique publication - richly illustrated in color - explores the unpredictable and nuanced artwork of the regal reward within the Mamluk Sultanate from 1250-1517. Doris Behrens-Abouseif not just offers the 1st examine of this topic, yet makes a huge contribution to the learn of international relations, economics, visible arts and fabric tradition within the medieval period.

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