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Author Peirce, Leslie P, author.

Title Empress of the East : how a European slave girl became Queen of the Ottoman Empire / Leslie Peirce.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Hurrem PEI    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 359 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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Summary "FROM CHRISTIAN MAIDEN TO MUSLIM QUEEN: Roxelana was born in Ruthenia, possibly the daughter of a priest but more likely into an average family, facing a hardscrabble life. She was captured by slavers around age 12 and taken to the Ottoman court. Her trajectory was extraordinary--she became a favored concubine and then the first, and only, Ottoman Queen. From rags to riches, her life is one of political maneuvering, rule breaking, and forbidden love. A Christian slave girl ripped from her homeland who, against all odds, rose to become the only queen in the history of the Ottoman Empire, Roxelana has long been accused of witchcraft and blamed for turning the sultan Suleyman's head--even preventing him from reaching his full potential as a ruler. But the truth is even more remarkable: the first (and only) Queen in Ottoman history, Roxelana was a diplomat, an administrator, and a modernizer who helped Suleyman keep up with the changing world. She is a remarkable figure whose fascinating story warrants retelling, and whose life will shed new light on the history of the Ottoman Empire. Soon after Roxelana entered Suleyman's harem, however, Suleyman set aside all others, breaking centuries of tradition in favor of the laughing Ruthenian maiden, who he would eventually free and marry. Controversial from the outset, Roxelana has remained so for historians. Both in life and in death, she has been a lightning rod for virtually all of Suleyman's unpopular acts, including a series of controversial executions. This greatest of Ottoman sultans has himself been sold short by the myth of his susceptibility to Roxelana's charms"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-345) and index.
Contents Beginnings. The Russian concubine ; Abduction ; In the old palace ; The politics of motherhood ; Lovers and parents -- Challenges. Roxelana's rival ; Coming of age ; A queen for the new palace ; The two favorites ; Building a reputation -- Politics. Family matters ; Home and abroad ; Recovery ; Showdown ; Last years -- Epilogue.
Subject Hurrem, consort of Süleyman I, Sultan of the Turks, approximately 1504-1558?
Süleyman I, Sultan of the Turks, 1494 or 1495-1566 -- Marriage.
Queens -- Turkey -- Biography.
Turkey -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Slaves -- Turkey -- Biography.
Mistresses -- Turkey -- Biography.
Ukrainians -- Turkey -- Biography.
Turkey -- History -- Süleyman I, 1520-1566.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Other Form: Online version: Peirce, Leslie P. Empress of the east. New York : Basic Books, 2017 9780465093090 (DLC) 2017006112
ISBN 9780465032518 (hardback)
0465032516 (hardback)

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