Renowned for their stunning carpets, silken robes and powerful sultans, the Ottomans presided over a golden empire. Trace their history back to their days wandering the Central Asian steppe, before settling in Anatolia and laying siege to the city of Constantinople – prizing it from the Byzantines. See the Empire expand deeper into Asia, Africa and Europe, becoming the thorn in the side of the European powers for centuries. With the House of Osman ruling for more than 500 years, learn how Ottoman customs, costume and culture permeated throughout the world, and what we can still be thankful to the Ottomans for today. Pour over the pages of this book to discover one of the greatest empires history has ever known.