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did the the crescent guard of the sultan ever exist

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made up of jannisaries. Set up by Mehmed the magnificent in 1477 to counter the order of the dragon
Submitted: 7 years ago.
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Expert:  The Geezer replied 7 years ago.
As you know, it is difficult to prove a negative.

However, a detailed search of the online historical information available about the life and times of Mehmed (or Mehmet) turned up no mention of the Crescent Guard.

However, Wikipedia and others have a substantial body of knowledge about the Janissaries. There is no doubt that there was an "...elite corps in the service of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey). It was composed of war captives and Christian youths pressed into service; all the recruits were converted to Islam and trained under the strictest discipline. It was originally organized by Sultan Murad I. The Janissaries gained great power in the Ottoman Empire and made and unmade sultans..." :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janissary

http://lexicorient.com/e.o/janissaries.htm

http://www.bartleby.com/65/ja/Janissar.html

http://www.allaboutturkey.com/yeniceri.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Janissaries-Jerry-Pournelle/dp/0671877097

http://www.amazon.com/Janissaries-Elite-David-Nicolle/dp/185532413X

What's in a name? It is safe to say that there was an army of the kind you are asking about. It is reasonable to assume there was an elite guard from that army. It would thus be reasonable to conclude that such a guard actually did exist.
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