Anyone who saw the Venetians, a tiny nation living in such liberty that the worst rogue among them would not wish to be their king, … anyone, I say, who saw those people and then went to the realm of the man we call the Grand Signor, and saw how people there reckon that the sole purpose of their existence is to serve this man … would he reckon that these two nations shared a common nature, or would he not rather judge that he had left a city and entered a sheepfold?1
Kubad finallyleft Venice on 12 February 1568. Even though he would have preferred the speedyand convenient journeybysea across the Adriatic and Aegean seas, he chose instead the land route from Dubrovnik and via Sarajevo and Edirne because of escalating strikes byUskok and Maltese pir ates against Ottoman shipping.2Back in Istanbul he reported to his lords in the Imperial Divan and fulfilled his promise to the Venetian Senate byarr anging for the obliteration of all references to Soranzo's contract with di Segura.3He even convinced the kadi of Galata to tear his copyof the vexing certificate out of his ledger and burn it.
Kubad's willingness to undertake this unlawful act derived partlyfrom expectations for future rewards. Venetian relief at no longer being liable to Ottoman justice was enormous and a grateful bailo compensated the courier well. There was a darker cause, however. He could never have secured the kadi's consent____________________