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1C. 1510. during the night, or the two books, fhut up in
cried a miracle. They all proftrated themselves
of offering a sacrifice to God by killing a Chril- 1.c. 1510.
Heg. 916. tian enemy, believes firmly, if he be a Turk, in that the head of a Persian, or if he be a Perlian, that the head of a Turk, is as agreeable to God; as that of seventy Christians. The two nations equally anathematise the Alcoran which the other nation adopts. When one of the monarchs sends ambassadors to the other, he does not fail of placing among the number of presents a copy, magnificently bound, of the Alcoran, agreeable to the lesson which he believes orthodox. And when the ambassador offers the prince this book with all the other prefents, the monarch kisses respectfully another copy of his law, which care has been taken to put under his eyes, and leaves the book offered, on the steps of his throne.
Whilst these violent fits of fanaticism were giving Perfia a new face, Bajazet lived at Cônftantinople in full repofe, if a life of effeminacy and voluptuousness may be so called, the excess of which had brought a number of disorders on him. He was afflicted with the gout; his torments fuggested to him the defire of intrusting one of his fons with the cares of government, which weré too much for his imbecility. This monarch Bajazet had had eight fons, three of which died in child- caules two hood. He had diftributed fangiacates vernments to the five others. Thefe princes lived at a distance from their sovereign, but in a much greater dependance than the other ba
to be put to death.
J.C.1510. Thaws. It cost two of them their lives, Atsian
masters' of the countries intruted to them by
Achmet, his eldest son, was that which he
he was not formed for war, but led a retired life, 1.C. 1510.
Heg. 916. and though, according to law, the sceptre belonged to him after Bajazet, he had never shewn any impatience to 'reign. The emperor thought Thisprince to free himself from the cares of the throne, by abdicate in
proposes to placing his son on it, and preserving the same Achmet
v his eldest power with the conveniency of resigning himself fon. to his pleasures, particularly to his passion for wine, which caused much scandal among the true Muffúlmen, and which he should be better able to conceal. The bashaws and janissaries, who were impatient at the repose in which Bajazet had left them for ten years, would with pleasure have seen him cease to be their master, if he had not chosen Achmet for his fucceffor. They said there would be still less spoils and lefs timars to hope for under this prince, than Bajazet; that the glory of the Ottoman arms would be foon tara nished, and that they should forget how to fight under a prince, who loved repofe, more than his ancestors had loved conquests. As soon as the approaching abdication of the sultan was rumoured abroad, the chiefs of the janiffaries went to the future emperor, to request of him an augmentation of pay. The prince answered, that those, who The fol:
diers will worked less than ever, ought not to expect to have
for empehave their falary augmented; that, as he was not ror; who preparing for very bloody wars, he had no in-army, tention of paying them dearer than his ancestors gainst his
father, and had. This imprudent'answer offended men who is beatens Hh2
C. 150: knew no other glory than that of shedding blood.
They were near insulting Achmet, and from
that instant they decided between themselves, L.C. 1511. that he should never be emperor. It remained Heg. 917 that w for them to choose between the two other fons
of Bajazet; for the respect of the Ottomans for the blood of their masters, is, as we have faid, a point of religion; but they have often taken upon them to place on the throne, him of the Ottoman race whom they thought most worthy of reigning. The janissaries fent to Trebizond the fenberekchi bakchi, or fuperintendent of the engines, to sound Selim, the youngest of Bajazet's fons,
The delegate of the malecontents found in this prince all the ambition and complaisance that the janissaries could with. The example of his brothers had prevented him, 'till then from undertaking any thing by himself; but he only wanted an occasion, and did not fail of feizing it. Selim passed the Bosphorus, and advanced, at the head of twenty, thousand men whom he had gathered together, as far as Adrianople, in hopes that those, who caused him to act, would join him. He cloaked this march under the pretext of going to see his father; which, among the Mussulinen, is, a sacred duty, and the most meritorious, after the pilgrimage of Mecca. The fultan, suspecting the truth, fent word to his fon, that he would excuse his rendering him this religious devoir at the head of an army; but