am 5. September 2003
The book by Godfrey Goodwin is a good book although the German book "Die Janitscharen" by Gerhard Schweizer is better because it is more chronological. Something that was interesting is that Goodwin mentions the date when the first boys were taken by the Ottomans. Schweizer describes the whole history of the janissaries. Goodwin describes them by subject, especially their weapons. Unfortunately Schweizer does not give a bibliography. Gooodwin gives a long bibliography. All in all, it is a good book.