“A Vile, Infamous, Diabolical Treaty”: The Franco-Ottoman Alliance of Francis I and the Eclipse of the Christendom Ideal
Piccirillo, Anthony Carmen (Georgetown University)
Senior Honors Thesis in History, Georgetown University, May (2009)
In June of 1544, the Turkish fleet arrived at the island of Lipari thirty kilometers north of Sicily. The Ottoman admiral Khair-Eddin Barbarossa threatened that he would lay waste to the island and enslave its population unless the Lipariotes rendered to him two hundred boys and two hundred girls along with a large sum of money. The Lipariotes refused, resolving that the entire populace of their city should either remain free or be enslaved. In response to the defiance of the people of Lipari, the Turks proceeded to attack the island. The Ottoman forces showered barrages of cannon shots during a several-day siege before they eventually took the island, enslaving its entire population.