Gabriel Bounin

La Soltane by Gabriel Bounin, 1561.

Gabriel Bounin was a French author and dramaturgist of the 16th century. He was a lawyer of Châteauroux in Berry. In 1561, Gabriel Bounin published La Soltane, a tragedy highlighting the role of Roxelane in the execution of Şehzade Mustafa, the elder son of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.[1][2] In defiance of the rules of the Pleiad, La Soltane was a play about a contemporary event, rather than a Classical one.[2] This tragedy marks the first time the Ottomans were introduced on stage in France.[3]


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  1. Ecouen Museum exhibit
  2. 1 2 The Literature of the French Renaissance by Arthur Augustus Tilley, p.87
  3. The Penny cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge p.418
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