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Şehzade Beyazıt

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Şehzade Beyazit (1525-1561) was an Ottoman prince who fought for the throne Beyazit's father was Suleyman I (known as the Lawgiver or the Magnificent) . His mother was Hürrem Sultan. He ruled in Anatolia (Asiatic part of modern Turkey) as a provencial (sanjak) governor. But during his father's 12th campaign (see Campaigns of Suleiman the Magnificent) to Nakhchivan (a part of modern Azerbaijan) in 1553 he was assigned to rule in Edirne (European Turkey) to control Rumeli (European territories of the empire) in the absence of his father. During the campaign, Beyazit's oldest brother, Şehzade Mustafa was executed. The news of execution caused unrest in all parts of the empire and a certain Mustafa rebelled against Suleyman in Rumeli claiming that he was Şehzade Mustafa. Although the rebellion was subdued by a vizier, Suleyman suspected that Beyazit was deliberately slow to react. After Mustafa's execution and Jihangir's death (the youngest brother who suffered from poor health), and Mehmet who was Suleiman's second son and died a decade earlier, Suleyman had only two sons, Beyazit and Selim (future Selim II) Selim was the governor of Manisa and Beyazit was the governor of Kütahya  ( Wikipedia article )

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