By Selçuk Altun
"Altun's prose has a dreamlike urgency"—John Ashbery
Fighting the Ottoman invaders in Constantinople, Emperor Constantine XI used to be killed—his physique by no means found.
Legend has it that he escaped in a Genoese send, dishonest yes dying by the hands of the Turks and incomes himself the name of Immortal Emperor.
Five centuries after his disappearance, 3 mysterious males touch a tender professor residing in Istanbul. contributors of a mystery sect, they've got guarded the Immortal Emperor's will for generations. They inform him that he's the following emperor in line and that during order to take ownership of his fortune he needs to perform his ancestor's final wishes.
What follows is his trip to the guts of a secret of epic old significance.
Selçuk Altun was once born in Artvin, Turkey in 1950. he's a retired banking government, a bibliophile and philanthropist. His novels, Songs My mom by no means Taught Me and Many and plenty of a yr Ago, have been indexed among the pinnacle 100 translated crime fiction by means of the overseas organization of Crime Writers. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Although even the earliest Otto man rulers had their slaves, the systematic training and employment of ghulams is associated with the development of the janissary corps and the introduction of the devshirme, the well-known levy of Christian youths. The janissaries were the elite, well-trained, Ottoman standing infantry corps. They are said to have been first organized in the reign of Murad I from the one-fifth share of the booty, including prisoners, allotted to the sultan by the religious law of Islam.
S e l im t h e g r im Selim I (1512-1520), a man whose determination and ferocity won for him the sobriquet “the Grim,” had first to render his throne secure before he could launch upon any military ventures. This he did by ordering the death of his nephews and having his older brother done away with. Another brother risked all in an open battle with Selim’s forces, but he was captured and killed during the rout of his army. The way was now clear for the expected confrontation with Shah Ismail.
Military and administrative organizations were -both closely entwined with the timar system. By granting timars to their cavalrymen, the Ottoman sultans solved the prob lem of maintaining a large military force without huge outlays of cash. Since their economy suffered a chronic shortage of precious metals, paying their troops with timars rather than with cash relieved the central state treasury of an enormous burden. An added advantage of the timar system was that the timariots, in addition to carrying out their military duties on state campaigns, also performed important functions on the local level in the provincial administration.