Grand Viziers were appointed and dismissed at their dictation.
During his short reign seven of his Grand Viziers were decapitated by his orders.
Grand Viziers only succeeded in retaining their posts by large payments to the Sultan and his entourage, male and female.
Grand Viziers were made and unmade at the will of these ladies, with occasional intervention of the Janissaries.
Grand Viziers were made and deposed with startling rapidity, as one or other of these parties prevailed.
During the first fifteen years of his reign there were twelve Grand Viziers.
In Mahmouds reign of twenty-four years there were sixteen Grand Viziers.
He took up a position with eighty thousand men at Slatina, within easy reach of the Grand Viziers army.
Everyone was filled with joy at the event, saying that this wedding was as happy as that of the Grand Viziers son was unfortunate.