The Ottomans have as a rule been particularly successful with elegies; this one by Bati has never been surpassed.
On the 20th of January 1517 Cairo was taken by the Ottomans, and Selim shortly after declared sultan of Egypt.
By this means it was able to defy both the Seljuks and the Ottomans, and to maintain its independence against the emperors of Nicaea and Constantinople.
From time to time the emperors of Trebizond paid tribute to the Seljuk sultans of Iconium, to the grand khans of the Mongols, to Timur the Tatar, to the Turkoman chieftains, and to the Ottomans; but by means of skilful negotiations they were enabled practically to secure their independence.
In 1516 the Ottomans took it from the Egyptian Mamelukes.