Plucked from the Ottoman Empire's European lands, the famous Janissaries
were once some of the Turkish sultans' fiercest warriors.
As for the recruitment of Janissaries
-- boys taken from Christian families by force and made to serve in the elite troops of the Sultan -- after a certain period it was not done by force.
Haug observes that the Unsullied, Martin's brutalized slave-soldiers, bear some similarities to the mamluks and janissaries
maintained by the Ottoman Empire, but does not pursue the point.
In a few more months, their crack troops of Janissaries
We have the US, Arab janissaries
and a complicit EU on our side.
The historical truth is that centurions of Rome, janissaries
of Turkey and Tonton Macoutes of Haiti have won and held more power over longer periods than officials freely elected by the people.
He joined the elite corps of the Ottoman army, the Janissaries
as a young man, like his father did before him.
(He also sometimes conflates ranging and light infantry tactics, which were not always identical.) The Western-Near Eastern tradition of light infantry musketeers developed in earnest during the endemic warfare, between the Ottoman Turks, particularly the Janissaries
, and the Spanish Habsburg's light infantry in the sixteenth-century Mediterranean theater.
Although the Janissaries
proved useful in imposing central control over these, they too demanded greater political influence--occasionally declaring their own rule over imperial territory (such as Serbia in 1804) and even reducing the Sultan to being a 'subject to his own slaves' (as Osman II put it following defeat to Poland in 1622).
Over the centuries, the fortress turned into a prison used by the Janissaries
(the elite infantry units that formed the Ottoman Sultan's household troops and bodyguards), and was also closed for a long time.
Of harems and sultans, or janissaries
and revolts and power and empire?
If Lord of Janissaries
sounds familiar, with its stories of a soldier and his men who are abandoned in hostile territory when aliens land, that's because this collection consists of three novels of military sci-fi classics presented under one cover.