RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 514
Extentvi, 92 ff.
TitleSIR THOMAS SHERLEY. DISCOURSE OF THE TURKS
Datec.1606
Description'Discours of the Turkes by Sr.Tho. Sherley' (title on the spine, written in a 17th century hand).
The discourse presents a hostile portrait of the Turks, their government, trade, manner of life etc, based on experience in Constantinople. It also describes places visited on the return journey to England.
Sir Thomas Sherley (1564-1633 or 1634), also known as Sir Thomas Shirley, was imprisoned by the Turks in Constantinople from 1603 to 1605.
His discourse contains numerous autobiographical references to events between 1603 and 1605, and mentions (f. 5r) his imprisonment for 33 months. The Discourse is thought to have been written in Constantinople and on his voyage home and completed very soon after his return to England, ie. between October 1606 and April 1607.
E. Denison Ross, who edited this manuscript in 1936, described it as 'unique and apparently autograph'.

f. i-vi. blank.
ff. 1-22. Narrative on the Turks and Constantinople. Begins: 'There are towe sortes of Turkes...', without title or mention of authorship.
ff. 23-70. Narrative concerning Turkish dominions and places on the journey home, including: the straits of Scutari, Euboea, Negroponte, Thessalonica, Cyprus and Crete (ff. 23-28); islands of Milos, Zante, Corfu (ff. 29-31); southern Italy including Otranto, Lecce, and Naples (ff. 32-39); Tuscany, including Porto Ercole, Livorno, Pisa and Florence (ff. 40-44); Venice and its mainland dominions, including an account of the Interdict (ff. 48-55); Trent, Innsbruck, Augsburg, Ulm, Heidelberg, Worms, Cologne (ff. 57-66).
ff. 71-89. blank
f. 90r-v. index
ff. 91-92. blank.
LanguageEnglish
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2011
PhysicalDescriptionOriginal limp vellum binding, undecorated, with leather ties (ties now missing).
220 x 180 mm.
CustodialHistoryFrom the 'Carew-Sheldon' manuscripts. Recorded [as item 45] in the 'Carew-Sheldon' catalogue dated 1664: 'A Discourse of the Turks by Sr Tho. Shirley, quarto' (Bodleian Library, Tanner MS. 275a, f. 5r). These manuscripts were acquired by Gilbert Sheldon (1598-1677), Archbishop of Canterbury. All, or nearly all, were previously owned by George Carew, 1st Earl of Totnes (1555-1629). See M. R. James, 'The Carew manuscripts', English Historical Review, vol 42, 1927, pp. 261-267, and M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932), p. 401.
PublnNotePublished from this manuscript by E. Denison Ross ed, 'Discours of the Turkes by Sr. Thomas Sherley', Camden Miscellany vol. XVI, issued as Camden Third Series vol LII (London, 1936). See also:
Anthony Nixon, 'The three English brothers' (London,1607).
'The three brothers; or, the travels and adventures of Sir Anthony, Sir Robert and Sir Thomas Sherley in Persia, Russia, Turkey, Spain etc' (London,1825).

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GB/109/19067Sherley; Sir; Thomas (1564-c.1634); privateer and travel writer1564-c.1634
GB/109/14535Carew; George (1555-1629); Earl of Totnes; statesman1555-1629
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