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The Sultanate of the Ottoman Empire 1512-1574 AD The Ottoman Empire was a long-lived empire which once included territories in North Africa the Middle East Asia Minor central Asia and central and Eastern Europe One man the sultan ruled all of the Ottoman Empire Sultans of the Ottoman Empire had absolute power over everything in the empire During the sixteenth century Selim I Suleyman I and Selim II reigned These three men changed the empire in very different ways during their reigns as sultan Selim I was the ninth sultan of the Ottoman Empire He ruled from 1512 until 1520 AD During his years as Sultan he acquired the nickname Yavuz which can be translated from Turkish into English as The Grim Selim I forced his fathers abdication in 1512 Then he managed to convince the highly trained Janissaries or highly specialized armed forces to support him and crush his brother Ahmed In April of 1512 Selim I led the Janissaries to Istanbul where they poisoned Bayezid his father and executed Ahmad his brother After Selim completed this he ordered the Janissaries to eliminate all of his male relatives so that he could assume the throne uncontested Selim The Grim got his reign off to a brutal start Selim I Online Selim I was an amazing military leader strategist and conqueror He ruled directly without a grand vizier this allowed him to have absolute power over his subjects The first two years of his reign were spent slaughtering all citizens of the Ottoman Empire who had any affiliations with his enemies Selim I killed people with connections to past Ottoman dynasties too Selim I Online After firmly establishing himself as Sultan Selim focused on expanding and consolidating the Ottoman Empire In 1514 he annexed the territories of what is now Diyarbekir and Kurdistan Selim the Grim Encyclopedia Britannica Then Selim and the Janissaries crossed the Sinai Peninsula into Persia There they captured
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