Between the 14th and 17th centuries, what gruesome method was considered best practice for obtaining the throne in the Ottoman Empire?

Answer: Fratricide, essentially killing all other claimants. Mehmed II (1432-1481) noted that “whichever of my sons inherits the Sultan’s throne, it behooves him to kill his brothers in the interest of the world order.” The practice remained legal until abolition by Ahmed I (1590-1617).

Source: Mehmed the Conquerer and His Time by Franz Babinger and William C. Hickman

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