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The slaughter on Turkish and Russian sides alike was very great

The slaughter on Turkish and Russian sides alike was very great

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The slaughter on Turkish and Russian sides alike was very great, and Azov was put to fire and  sword, neither age nor sex being spared. Only the fort, where the members of the seraglio were  lodged, protected by two eunuchs and twenty Janizaries, remained. The Russians sought to starve  them out; the determined but starving Janizaries ate the two eunuchs rather than surrender. A few  days later, they were about to eat the women, but a pious, compassionate imam (Mohammedan  priest) persuaded them to restrain themselves and to cut off only one buttock from each of the  ladies. The horrible operation was performed just before the Russians arrived in flat-bottomed boats  and slaughtered the Janizaries. Fortunately, there were French surgeons available, and one of them  took care of the ladies. Not only did he cure them but he was most consoling: it was a law of war for 
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