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Table of Contents

Table of Contents  4

Illustrations  7

Acknowledgements  8

Prologue  9

Sources  11

Note on transliteration, pronunciation and translation  13

1      Prince of the Druze  16

Out of the Shadows  19

The Heir becomes Apparent  24

A Very Personal Physician  25

Consolidation  27

2      The Sect where Every Man is a Prince  32

The Noble Wisdom    34

Druzism and Islam    37

Syria, Lebanon and the Shouf  41

3      Fakhr ad-Din’s World: The Levant in 1600 AD  44

The View from Niha  48

Meanwhile back at the Sublime Porte  52

Relations with Europe  54

Capitulations and Factories  55

4      Druze and Medici 59

From Florence to Niha  60

Trouble in Aleppo  65

Enemies of one’s Enemies  69

Jerusalem is worth a Mass  72

Papal Bull 74

5      Storm Clouds Gather  76

Subtill as a Foxe  77

Digression on Coinage  80

Collision Course  81

6      Tuscany  86

Safe Arrival in Christendom    90

Europe through the  Prism of Islam    93

Vasari’s Corridor  97

7      Carnival in Florence  100

Heat Wave and Scandal 106

Too Big to Fail 111

The Economics of Galley-Slaves  118

Negotiations Begin  120

8      Dreams of Jerusalem   122

The Voyage of the Tartana  124

Negotiations and Insinuations  129

Marvellous Indecision  133

False Pardon and Just Desserts  138

9      Sicily and Naples  157

Spanish Overtures  159

Flying Visit to the Homeland  161

Palermo, then Naples  165

Public Women, Public Finances  168

A Minor Inquisition  171

A Mother’s Call, a Daughter’s Death  172

10       Pinnacle  176

Trouble on the Home Front  176

Turning Point  180

Battle of ‘Anjar  185

Cows and Bulls and Little Dogs  188

French Warning  190

11        Endgame  195

A Quiet Time, an Awkward Agent  195

A Royal Rebuke  198

The Tipping-Point  199

The Final Catastrophe  206

12        Legacy  211

Fakhr ad-Din, Icon of Lebanon  212

Levantine Renaissance  215

Fakhr ad-Din on the Stage  221

Postscript: Note on al-Khalidi’s Life of Fakhr ad-Din  223

Abbreviations  226

Bibliography  228

Notes  235

Index  242

About the Author  243

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