I play Europa Universalis IV, albeit without DLCs. One of my friends is encouraging me to get the DLCs, so I watched the trailers. In the trailer for The Cossacks DLC,


about the Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks.

As iconic as the Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to the Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire is, why do we only have legendary accounts of it? Did it really happen?

  • On one hand, the Cossacks definitely refused to submit to Turkish rule, and they probably would have sent a reply to Sultan Mehmed IV when he demanded their submission.
  • On the other hand, why didn't the Ottomans keep any record of whatever reply was sent to them by the Zaporozhian Cossacks? After all, the Ottomans had a highly literate court and a strong bureaucratic tradition.
  • Finally, considering the nomadic nature of the Cossacks, does this mean that there were very few literate Cossacks? If so, does this mean that the Cossacks would have sent a messenger with a spoken message instead of a written reply?

Source: reddit post


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