Did you know? — 1453

Did you know? Featuring: The Ottoman Elite Janissary Corps.

1453 Constantinople Janissary Ottoman Empire Sultan Mehmed II

Did you know?  Featuring: The Ottoman Elite Janissary Corps.

Did you know that the elite soldiers of the Turkish Ottoman Empire were non-Turkish in origin and called, “Janissaries?” Ironically, a Janissary (or new troop) was not a Turkish citizen; but a male Christian child slave taken from his family as a tax to the Sultan (Turkish sovereign or absolute ruler) as the Ottoman Empire conquered European lands. These children were then converted to Islam, endured intense physical training as they honed their skills in the art of war, and were educated in various languages (i.e. Turkish, Persian, Arabic) to become well-rounded warriors.   On a political level, the Janissaries could rise by their...

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