This chapter explores Mehmed IV's turbulent accession to the sultanate at the age of seven following the dethronement (and subsequent execution) of his father, Ibrahim. Nearly a week after Ibrahim was dethroned and put under house arrest, and his son Prince Mehmed became Sultan Mehmed IV, the royal family boarded a skiff at the imperial boathouse down the hill from Topkapı Palace and took a short journey up the Golden Horn to make a pilgrimage to the district of Eyüp, a fundamental part of an Ottoman sultan's enthronement. The purpose of the boy's first trip beyond the palace walls was for him to visit the city's most sacred cemetery; gird the sword of the sultanate in its most holy mosque; acquire both the charisma of a man who fought for Muhammad and that of his sultanic predecessors; ride on horseback through the city mimicking Mehmed II's triumphant path after the conquest; and, finally, to display his munificence to his subjects, who would be able to see him for the first time.
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