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Document 43 (24 July 1607) The ‘Ahdname ( Foedera Et Pacis Litteres) Sent By Khan Ghazi II Giray To King Sigismund III

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An emigrant from Russia Alexandre Bennigsen gathered a team of scholars and initiated the edition of documents from the Topkapi Palace Archives regarding the Crimean Khanate. Forty-six documents were issued by the Crimean side: three of them can be classified as donation yarliqs, nine as donation yarliqs cum şartnames, six as şartnames, nineteen as ahdnames, three as oathyarliqs, and six as others. Most of these documents were issued by the khans, but four were issued by the qalgas (1527, 1637, 1640, and 1667, the latter issued collectively by the qalga and other Crimean notables), one by the nureddin (1640), one by the khans son and heir apparent who yet was not a qalga (1517), and two by the Crimean envoys sent to Poland (1541 and 1599). This chapter presents Document 43, which is about the ‘ahdname sent by Khan Ghazi II Giray to King Sigismund III.

Keywords: Crimean Khanate; Khan Ghazi II Giray; King Sigismund III; Poland; qalga; Topkapi Palace Archives



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