Traditional Western Art: The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks by Ilya Repin

Note: Vulgarity ahead.

The Imperial Traditionalist

The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks by Ilya Repin


Since you are probably wondering what the “Reply” is, I will explain, but just a warning, the Cossacks were quite vulgar in their response to the Ottomans.

In the Year of Our Lord 1676, Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire demanded that the Zaporozhian Cossacks submit to him, sending the following letter:

“Sultan Mehmed IV to the Zaporozhian Cossacks:

As the Sultan; son of Muhammad; brother of the sun and moon; grandson and viceroy of God; ruler of the kingdoms of Macedonia, Babylon, Jerusalem, Upper and Lower Egypt; emperor of emperors; sovereign of sovereigns; extraordinary knight, never defeated; steadfast guardian of the tomb of Jesus Christ; trustee chosen by God Himself; the hope and comfort of Muslims; confounder and great defender of Christians – I command you, the Zaporogian Cossacks, to submit to me voluntarily and without any resistance, and to desist…

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