The Crescent and the Rose: Islam and England during the Renaissance
by Chew, Samuel C.
New York: Octagon Books, 1974. Second Octagon Printing. Hardcover. VG- (Clean and tight with light shelf wear; art school ex-lib. with usual marks). Rich, navy blue cloth/boards; gilt lettering and design. xviii + 583 pp. with bw frontis and 15 additional bw illustrations. Samuel Chew's The Crescent and the Rose: Islam and England during the Renaissance was published in 1937 during the Arab revolt against British colonial rule in Palestine from 1936 to 1939. Chew's work analyzes images of Muslims in England, but often reproduces the stereotypes in the early modern English images he describes of Muslims as violent and aggressive. The tone in Chews work, and its reviews at the time of publication, belie a wariness of Muslims and Islam that alludes to fears that might have been particularly pronounced because of the Arab revolt. Contents listed: I. TALES AND TALE BEARERS: Tidings and tales -- Readers of travel books -- Representative travellers -- A Victorian comparison -- II. THE CLASSICAL AND BIBLICAL PAST: Pilgrims on the way -- Passing through Greece; the beginnings of archaeology -- The Holy Land -- Northward into Syria; southward into Egypt -- Departing pilgrims -- The prestige of pilgrims -- III. THE PRESENT TERROR OF THE WORLD: The Ottoman peril -- The causes of Turkish greatness -- Lamentations; exhortations; triumphs -- A spectacle of extreme misery; refugees in England -- The iniquity of the Turk; Turk's heads; the crescent -- IV. THE GREAT TURK: Early Tudor trade with Turkey; the agreement of 1581 -- Topical significance of The Three Ladies of London -- English agents at the porte -- Gifts to the Sultan; Dallam and his organ -- Sir Thomas Sherley, Jr. a prisoner of the Turks -- The first Turkish envoy to England -- Allusions in the drama to Levantine trade; coffee -- Descriptions of Constantinople --V. THE SOPHY AND THE SHI'A: Anthony Jenkinson in Persia -- Jenkinson's successors -- Newbery and Fitch; the beginnings of the East India Company -- Impressions of the Shi'a heresy -- Persia in the Elizabethan imagination -- VI A GREAT PLOTTER AND PROJECTOR IN MATTERS OF STATE: Sir Anthony Sherley's early life -- En route to Isfahan -- Turco-Persian relations; reflected in the drama -- Sir Anthony Sherley in Persia -- Sir Anthony Sherley emissary of the Shah -- English interest in the Sherleys -- Sir Anthony Sherley in Prague; and in Rome -- Sir Anthony Sherley and Wil Kemp; Twelfth Night; King Lear -- VII. THE GREATEST TRAVELLER IN HIS TIME: Master Anthony Sherley a hostage in Persia -- Sir Anthony Sherley ambassador of the Shah -- Henry Sherley the dramatist -- The return to Persia; the second mission to Europe -- The Persian tomb -- Sir Anthony Sherley: the last phase -- The fame of the Sherleys -- VIII. THE THRONE OF PIRACY: Pirates and renegades -- Captain Ward -- Sir Francis Verney -- Ward's later life --Piracy in the reign of Charles I; Captain Nutt; action and inaction; treaties; a Moroccan enjoy in London; ransomed renegades -- Turning Turk; Christian captives; narratives of escapes -- The fourth work of mercy -- IX. THE PROPHET AND HIS BOOK: Mahomet in western legend: as a God; as a Devil -- Mahomet the heresiarch; Lydgate's narrative; legend of the forerunner; Sergius; Mahomet the imposter; legend of the dove -- Mahomet's place of burial; the suspended tomb --Europeans in the holy cities of Arabia; Arabia in the Elizabethan imagination -- Diatribes against the Koran; against Mahomet's doctrines; the first English version of the Koran -- X. FESTIVITIES ALLA TURCHESCA DN ALLA MORESCA: Levantine revels at court -- Water fights -- Levantine motives in the Lord Mayor's shows -- XI. MOSLEMS ON THE LONDON STAGE: Tamburlaine and Bajazet; Scanderbeg -- Mahomet the conqueror -- Selim the Grim -- Solyman the magnificent -- Shah Abbas the Great -- The Moors in Spain; Blackamoors; Dom Sebastian; piracy -- Arabia --Summary -- XII. EPILOGUE.
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