Last year I did some filming with Kensington TV for a series called Museum Secrets, airing on Canada’s History Television channel.
Episode 14, Topkapi palace, is going out today.
Why were so many Sultans assassinated?
What would be the perfect way to murder a Sultan?
Topkapi Palace Museum is peaceful at night. But when the Sultans lived here, it’s likely they had trouble sleeping.
A traitorous vizier, a jealous wife, or an ambitious son – many might have reasons to murder a Sultan. During the Ottoman Empire, 19 Sultans were assassinated.
In the broadcast episode, we meet a man who is an expert in such matters. His name is Jason Goodwin – a detective novelist who sets his stories in Topkapi Palace during the Ottoman Empire.
We follow Jason as he examines murderous possibilities in the Sultan’s bathroom, at Istanbul’s famed spice market, and as he returns to Topkapi to consider the homicidal potential of the Sultan’s kitchen. Here Jason investigates if poison could be secreted into a Sultan’s food.
Is poison the best way to murder a Sultan? Or are other nefarious methods more likely to succeed?
All is revealed in Museum Secrets: Inside Topkapi.
Jason’s detective novels, set in Topkapi Palace, are filled with mystery and history. We invite you to check out a complete list of his works to date on Amazon.com.
The US edition of An Evil Eye, the latest Yashim adventure, comes out in paperback on February 28th. To mark the event, the first person to get the right answers to three questions wins two signed copies of An Evil Eye – one for them and one, maybe, for a friend! Everyone’s welcome to have a go, wherever they are in the world.
The questions are:
1. The Valide Sultan, the sultan’s mother and Yashim’s old friend, was born and raised a long way from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Question is – where?
2. Stanislaw Palewski, the Polish ambassador, is lucky enough to have an adoring – and resourceful – housekeeper. What is her name?
3. And finally, Yashim cooks plenty of meals in the course of his investigations. Dishes like stuffed mussels, or tiny eggplants filled with spiced lamb, or vine leaves wrapped around aromatic rice, can be eaten as snacks, or meze, and have a generic name which indicates that they are stuffed. What are they called?
Just type your answers in the reply box below, and hit ‘Post Comment’. The winner will be chosen on March 1st.