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Research Article

The Uxoricide Legend of the Sultan and his European Wife in Elizabethan Drama

Fahd Mohammed Taleb Saeed Al-Olaqi*

Department of English & Translation, Faculty of Science & Arts, Khulais, University of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author:
Taleb Saeed Al-Olaqi FM
Department of English & Translation
Faculty of Science & Arts, Khulais
University of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel: 2135592-84036
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: December 22, 2016; Accepted Date: January 17, 2017; Published Date: January 24, 2017

Citation: Taleb Saeed Al-Olaqi FM (2017) The Uxoricide Legend of the Sultan and his European Wife in Elizabethan Drama. Arts Social Sci J 8: 240. doi:10.4172/2151-6200.1000240

Copyright: © 2017 Taleb Saeed Al-Olaqi FM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Because of the loss of Constantinople (Istanbul), the image of Mehmed II (Mehmet or literary Mahomet) is associated with the city and receives the most merciless hostile account from European Christians. The legend of uxoricide (killing wife) is associated with Sultan Mahomet's and his Fair Greek wife in Elizabethan and Restoration Drama. The same story is in Peele, Carlell, Swinhoe, Goring and Johnson. Elizabethan playwrights have interchanged discourses and prejudices as they crisscrossed between the Turks and their fascination in the Turks. The lustful Ottomans fascinate audiences not only through their harem stories, but by the extravagant tragedies and the magnificent staging of these plays. Similarly, the tragic love episode of the Sultan and the Greek spouse echoes in Goffe, Kyd, Shakespeare and others. Although the dramatic story is led in episodes of love, constancy, fortune, inconstancy, triumph, and death, it is politically exploiting the Turkish incursion in Europe, and the bad nature of the Ottoman Sultans.

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