Jérôme Maurand
Jérôme Maurand was a 16th century French priest of Antibes
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, who accompanied the French officer Captain Polin in conjunction with the Ottoman fleet
Ottoman Navy
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 of Barbarossa in 1544, as a part of the Franco-Ottoman alliance
Franco-Ottoman alliance
The Franco-Ottoman alliance, also Franco-Turkish alliance, was an alliance established in 1536 between the king of France Francis I and the Turkish ruler of the Ottoman Empire Suleiman the Magnificent. The alliance has been called "the first non-ideological diplomatic alliance of its kind between a...


Five French galleys under Captain Polin, including the superb Réale
French ship La Réale (1538)
La Réale was a French Royal galley of the 16th century.In 1544, Captain Polin, "Général des galères" , took five French galleys, including the superb Réale to Constantinople, accompanying Barbarossa's fleet, on a diplomatic mission to Suleiman the Magnificent, in execution of the Franco-Ottoman...

, accompanied Barbarossa's fleet, on a diplomatic mission to Suleiman. The French fleet accompanied Barbarossa during his attacks on the west coast of Italy on the way to Istambul, as he laid waste to the cities of Porto Ercole, Giglio
Giglio could refer to:*Isola del Giglio*Giglio v. United States, a U.S. Supreme Court precedent...

, Talamona
Talamona is a comune in the Province of Sondrio in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 80 km northeast of Milan and about 20 km west of Sondrio...

, Lipari
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 and took about 6,000 captives, but separated in Sicily
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 from Barbarossa's fleet to continue alone to the Ottoman capital.

Jérôme Maurand wrote a detailed account in Itinéraire d'Antibes à Constantinonple. The fleet of Barbarossa had spent the winter of 1443-1544 in Toulon
Toulon is a town in southern France and a large military harbor on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region, Toulon is the capital of the Var department in the former province of Provence....

. The Franco-Ottoman fleet left Marseille
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 on 23 May 1544. They arrived in Constantinople
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 on 10 August 1544 to meet with Suleiman
Suleiman is the main transliteration of the Arabic name, , the name means "man of peace" and corresponds to the English name Solomon.The word may also be transliterated as Sulaiman, Suleman, Soliman, Sulayman, Süleyman, Sulejman, Sleiman, Sleman, Solyman or Seleman...

and give him an account of the joint campaign. Polin and Maurand left Constantinople on 9 September 1544, and were back in Toulon on 2 October 1544.

Maurand lamented about the depredation to his Christian coreligionists occasioned by the campaign: "To see so many poor Christians, and especially so many little boys and girls [enslaved] caused a very great pity." He also mentioned "the tears, wailings and cries of these poor Lipariotes, the father regarding his son and the mother her daughter... weeping while leaving their own city in order to be brought into slavery by those dogs who seemed like rapacious wolves amidst timid lambs".
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