Kings Who Kill Their Own - The Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire's Succession History is not a pretty one
Kings Who Kill Their Own - The Ottoman Empire
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In 1617, the Ottoman Empire leapt into the 17th century by opening a new era of civil transition.  The upgrade humanely addressed any and all remaining sons who did not ascend to the throne.  

Not set up to succeed at Topkapi Palace in Constantinople, the dispossessed royals stayed above it all, and the luxury locale had no shortage of veils to lift in service of the brotherly loins.  Unfortunately, the potential pretenders were never allowed to leave Kafes and despite the amenities of “the cage,” the standard conditions of the lease provided an unexpected stipulation. 

Paradise descends into hell when faced with an endless supply of willingness and the 72 virgins

not taking note above, the stagnation of these earthly occupants often led to insanity.  Of course, if the Sultan died one of these ill prepared and/or mentally ill successors suddenly was in charge of the empire.   That obviously was not good for the realm. But in terms of previous infighting that prevailed during succession, Kafes at least left most everyone standing - sexual positioning not withstanding.

In the first iteration, Ottoman’s just let everyone fight it out and the competing lineage likely contained a place holder.  In addition to legitimate heirs, a policy of interregnum meant the sultan outsourced his

semen and solidifyfied foreign alliances with far reaching dalliances.

So once he took his last turn to Mecca before going aloft, the free for all stretched the empire and generationally weakened the core.  The inevitable decline gave the empire cause to centralize succession and keep the killing in the family and the neighborhood. 

All the princes within Constantinople proper, the first cage match occurred in 1451.  Mehmed II had 19 of his brother’s removed from consideration, and would actually become crown prince of all succeeding fratricides.

It’s good to be the king - except that he supposedly tore out his beard when the youngest tearfully meet his fate.  There’s no indication to confirm that the wax job took hold but whole of Istanbul did share in Sultan’s salty discharge as the 19 corpses rolled through the streets.


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  • nbillett  04-10-2017
    This is quite dreary. History though, dull at times is very engulfing. Not many people speak about royalty and nobility apart from those belong to the British. They seem to be the popular ones. Nevertheless, learning about others is also great and rewarding.
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