The Serdar or Commander of all Ottoman forces in Europe buys a slave at auction and sends him to his betrothed in Stamboul, ancient Constantinople. Grand Vizier Hasan the Fruiter tells Aisha, Sister of the Sultan, he personally conquered the slave on the European battlefield. Hasan promises his fair noblewoman that she will she receive a handsome ransom: all she needs to do is contact the slave’s rich family in the Kingdom of Bohemia and collect it.
Aisha speaks Italian and soon discovers her “Bohemian” slave speaks Italian, too. She quickly learns he is no ordinary slave, but an English captain, who fought for the Holy Roman Empire against the Ottoman Turks. When beautiful Aisha recounts her fiancé’s story of how he conquered her slave on the battlefield, the English captain vehemently protests, for he is no ordinary captain, but Captain John Smith: no one has ever defeated Smith in single combat. Furthermore, Hasan the Fruiterer did not capture Smith on the battlefield, but bought him at a slave auction at the border town of Axiopolis on the lower Danube.
The Sister of the Sultan faces a dilemma: if Capitano John Smith’s story is true, then her fiancé has lied to her. What will she do?
To test the truth, Aisha brings to her palace two close friends—English and French translators. Each time her powerful mother visits the grave of her father, Aisha pretends to be sick and stays home. Each time her English slave tells more of his adventures of how he left England and traveled to France during the latter years of the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and King Philip II of Spain.
Based upon Smith’s own memoirs and original research, The English Slave is authored by David Eugene Andrews. This first book in the English Slave historical series tells the epic story of young Captain John Smith, before he became Governor of Colonial Virginia.
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