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 The tragical reign of Selimus, Emperor of the Turkes
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The tragical reign of Selimus


Robert Greene

Date: c. 1590 (printed 1594)

Original Language: English


Selimus is a play that draws heavily on Christian translations (and re-translations) of Ottoman dynastic history. There were certainly many in circulation for Greene to choose from, with Peter Ashton’s 1546 translation of Paulo Giovio’s Commentario delle cose de' Turchi (of 1531) probably the most popular and well known. Greene’s instinct for a dramatic tale led him t…

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Dimmock, Matthew, “ The tragical reign of Selimus, Emperor of the Turkes”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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