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A Muslim Captive's Vicissitudes In Ottoman Hungary (Mid-Seventeenth Century)

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“Captives from both sides should be returned and persons (i.e. captives) of equal value should be exchanged, so that the demand for a ransom by the captives’ masters on both sides should be satisfied; and those who have settled with their masters in the business of the ransom should pay it; and those who were taken captive in times of peace should be released without any payment,” reads Article 7 of the Treaty of Zsitvatorok. In fact, this agreement, together with the Treaty of Vienna, formed the basis for policy in seventeenth-century Hungary, remaining the official point of departure in Ottoman–Habsburg relations until 1664. This chapter explains a Muslim captive's vicissitudes in Ottoman Hungary. Every responsible Hungarian politician and soldier in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries acknowledged the destructive nature of the Ottoman peace.

Keywords: Hungarian politician; Muslim captive; Ottoman peace; Ottoman–Habsburg relations; seventeenth-century Hungary; Treaty of Vienna; Treaty of Zsitvatorok



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