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Military leaders had a dominant role in the Ottoman state, a polity geared to war and expansion. The Turkic horsemen became a warrior aristocracy supported by control of conquered land and peasants.

Military leaders had a dominant role in the Ottoman state, a polity geared to war and expansion. The Turkic horsemen became a warrior aristocracy supported by control of conquered land and peasants.

On the streets, I saw some janissaries marching. They had a serious look to them. I stayed out of their way!

On the streets, I saw some janissaries marching. They had a serious look to them. I stayed out of their way!

Cavalry of Aleppo, called Deli. Vorstellung der vorzuglichsten Gattungen des Türckischen Militairs und ihrer Officiere (Presentation of the genres of Turkish military men and their officers). Dated 1805

Cavalry of Aleppo, called Deli. Vorstellung der vorzuglichsten Gattungen des Türckischen Militairs und ihrer Officiere (Presentation of the genres of Turkish military men and their officers). Dated 1805

Бургундский жандарм в готическом доспехе. Битва при Нанси, 1477.   Р7,  М1:6 (300 мм).

Бургундский жандарм в готическом доспехе. Битва при Нанси, 1477. Р7, М1:6 (300 мм).

Turkish infantry. Characteristic representation of the principal European military men or Augsburger Bilder 1802-1810: Ottoman.

Turkish infantry. Characteristic representation of the principal European military men or Augsburger Bilder 1802-1810: Ottoman.

Solak (Janissary Ottoman soldiers) who  provided protection to the sultans during imperial ceremonies and wars, one task of the solak soldiers was to keep everybody away from the sultan, even his private servants such as sword bearers and footmen. Solak soldiers carried their weapons when they went out of the palace together with the sultan, however in 1492 after an assassination attempt to the Sultan Bayezid ii, they began to carry weapon also within the palace.

Solak (Janissary Ottoman soldiers) who provided protection to the sultans during imperial ceremonies and wars, one task of the solak soldiers was to keep everybody away from the sultan, even his private servants such as sword bearers and footmen. Solak soldiers carried their weapons when they went out of the palace together with the sultan, however in 1492 after an assassination attempt to the Sultan Bayezid ii, they began to carry weapon also within the palace.

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