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Though this was not asked in the question, I would like to start with the basics just to explain that they were not slaves at all. For the first half of the Ottoman Empire's lifetime, the devşirme system worked well and very effectively. A boy who was picked by an official to become a part of the Ottoman elites was getting a first class education and could ...
The most notable one was Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, he was the Grand Vizier of Suleiman the Magnificent. He was given immense power, such as appointing generals and other viziers, making treaties, coining money etc. He was like a prime minister if you compare to the modern age. Source
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