N. B. The illustration is by the author.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Charles V - Emperor of the Hapsburgs
This is the Hapsburg Emperor Charles V of Austria and Charles I of Spain. The Hapsburgs were Suleyman's most persistent and powerful enemies in the West. His armies sacked Rome in 1525 inducing Pope Clement VII to appeal to Suleyman for aid. The communique was sent to La Serenissima, the Venetian Republic where Suleyman's Ambassador, Yusuf Nasi , a Jew represented all the political. diplomatic and financial affairs of the Ottoman Empire.