Sultan’s Flunkies Taught Infidel Envoys to Grovel: Lewis Lapham

In 1660, the British ambassador to Constantinople, Heneage Finch, arrived for an audience with the sultan at the grand Topkapi Palace, where his entourage was fed sweetmeats. Gifts were exchanged with the Grand Vizier, and finally everyone went through the Gates of Felicity to enter the Inner Court.

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