Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire

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Basic Books #ad - In empress of the east, roxelana, historian leslie peirce tells the remarkable story of a Christian slave girl, who was abducted by slave traders from her Ruthenian homeland and brought to the harem of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in Istanbul. Suleyman became besotted with her and foreswore all other concubines.

Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire #ad - The bold and canny roxelana soon became a shrewd diplomat and philanthropist, from Isabella of Hungary to Catherine de Medici, who helped Suleyman keep pace with a changing world in which women, increasingly held the reins of power. Until now roxelana has been seen as a seductress who brought ruin to the empire, but in Empress of the East, Peirce reveals the true history of an elusive figure who transformed the Ottoman harem into an institution of imperial rule.

. The "fascinating. Lively" story of the russian slave girl Roxelana, who rose from concubine to become the only queen of the Ottoman empire New York Times. Then, in an unprecedented step, he freed her and married her.

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Suleiman the Magnificent

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Saqi Books #ad - Istanbul was the largest city in the world, enjoying a remarkable renaissance of arts and letters; a mighty capital, it was the seat of the Seraglio and dark intrigue. Faced with this redoubtable champion, who regarded it as his duty to extend the boundaries of Islam farther and farther, the Christian world struggled to unite against him.

His empire held dominion over three continents populated by more than thirty million inhabitants, among whom nearly all of the races and religions of mankind were represented. In a few years he led his army as far as the gates of Vienna, made himself master of the Mediterranean and established his court in Baghdad.

Suleiman the Magnificent #ad - The shadow of god on earth', but also an expert politician and all-powerful despot, Suleiman ruled the state firmly with the help of his viziers. City and country alike experienced unprecedented economic and demographic growth. Suleiman the magnificent, most glorious of the Ottoman sultans, kept Europe atremble for nearly half a century.

Prospering under a well-directed, authoritarian economy, Suleiman's reign marked the apogee of Ottoman power. Clot's informed and intelligent study is to be commended … Brings back to life a man, an empire and an era. Digest of middle East Studies 'Excellent.

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The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire Studies in Middle Eastern History

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Oxford University Press #ad - Furthermore, they played central roles in the public culture of sovereignty--royal ceremonial, monumental building, and patronage of artistic production. By examining political action in the context of household networks, Leslie Peirce demonstrates that female power was a logical, indeed an intended, consequence of political structures.

This book examines the sources of royal women's power and assesses the reactions of contemporaries, which ranged from loyal devotion to armed opposition. The imperial harem argues that the exercise of political power was tied to definitions of sexuality. Royal women were custodians of sovereign power, training their sons in its use and exercising it directly as regents when necessary.

The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire Studies in Middle Eastern History #ad - Within the dynasty, like the hierarchy of male power, the hierarchy of female power, reflected the broader society's control for social control of the sexually active. The unprecedented political power of the Ottoman imperial harem in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is widely viewed as illegitimate and corrupting.

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Harem: The World Behind the Veil

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Abbeville Press #ad - A worldwide best seller, translated into twenty-five languages. I was born in a konak old house, which once was the harem of a pasha, ” writes Alev Lytle Croutier. A fascinating illustrated history of one of the strangest, and cruelest, cultural institutions ever devised. Croutier reveals their marital customs, child-rearing practices, and superstitions.

We enter the slave markets and the lavish boudoirs of the sultanas; we witness the daily routines of the odalisques, and of the eunuchs who guarded the harem. People around me often whispered things about harems; my own grandmother and her sister had been brought up in one. Drawing on a host of firsthand accounts and memoirs, croutier explores life in the world’s harems, from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century, as well as her own family history, focusing on the fabled Seraglio of Topkapi Palace as a paradigm for them all.

Juxtaposing a rich array of illustrations—Western paintings, Turkish and Persian miniatures, family photographs, and even film stills—Croutier demystifies the Western erotic fantasy of “the world behind the veil. This revised and updated 25th anniversary edition of Harem includes a new introduction by the author, revisiting her subject in light of recent events in Turkey, and the world.

Harem: The World Behind the Veil #ad - . Finally, and art—and how western ideas, she shows how this Eastern institution invaded the European imagination—in the form of decoration, costume, in turn, finally eroded a system that had seemed eternal. Here, his favorites, we learn of the labyrinthine political scheming among the sultan’s wives, too, and the valide sultana—the sultan’s mother—whose power could eclipse that of the sultan himself.

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The Mapmaker's Daughter: A Novel

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Delphinium Books #ad - The mapmaker’s daughter vividly imagines the confession of Nurbanu as she lies on her sickbed narrating the spectacular story of her rise to the pinnacle of imperial power, determined to understand how her extraordinary destiny was shaped.    . The ottoman empire was at the height of its power during the sixteenth century when Cecilia Baffo Veniero was kidnapped from her Venetian homeland and chosen to be the wife of Selim II, successor to Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

The Mapmaker's Daughter: A Novel #ad - A novel of the venetian girl who became the most powerful woman in the Ottoman Empire—perfect for fans of Netflix’s Magnificent Century. Serving as the appointed enforcer of one of the empire’s most crucial and shocking laws, Nurbanu confronts the consequences of her loves and her choices—right up to one last shattering revelation.

She would be known as Nurbanu. With unflinching candor, nurbanu reviews the desires and motives that have both propelled and harmed her, as she considers her role as a devoted yet manipulative mother, helping to orchestrate her son’s succession to the throne.

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Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - A finalist for the 2018 los angeles Times Book Prize in HistoryFour centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire. When it came to hunting, she was a master shot. Nur’s confident assertion of authority and talent is revelatory. As a dress designer, few could compare. An astute politician and devoted partner, Nur led troops into battle to free Jahangir when he was imprisoned by one of his own officers.

And she was both celebrated and reviled for her political acumen and diplomatic skill, which rivaled those of her female counterparts in Europe and beyond. In 1611, daughter of a persian noble and widow of a subversive official, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan, became the twentieth and most cherished wife of the Emperor Jahangir.

In empress, she finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography that awakens us to a fascinating history. She signed and issued imperial orders, and coins of the realm bore her name. Acclaimed historian ruby lal uncovers the rich life and world of Nur Jahan, and giving new insight into the lives of women and girls in the Mughal Empire, rescuing this dazzling figure from patriarchal and Orientalist clichés of romance and intrigue, even where scholars claim there are no sources.

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan #ad - An ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble in her parents’ mausoleum on the banks of the Yamuna River that inspired her stepson’s Taj Mahal. While other wives were secluded behind walls, Nur ruled the vast Mughal Empire alongside her husband, and governed in his stead as his health failed and his attentions wandered from matters of state.

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Roxelana & Suleyman: The Author's Edit

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Phillip John Parker #ad - It is about someone we should all be acquainted with intimately. The internationally acclaimed, polarizing, fictional Romantic Saga. Roxelana was the most seductive, egotistical, intriguing, powerful, manipulative and enigmatic woman of the early sixteenth century. Within its multitude of gazel-filled courtyards, along its secluded arcades and twisting down through its labyrinth of corridors to the solidly locked doors of the Sultan's Harem are secrets and whispers that promise death by strangulation to some, and absolute power to others.

. It is intoxicating and vibrant. Istanbul, the eye of the ottoman Sultanate and considered to be the center of the Universe, is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the world. History had never known anyone of such beauty and cunning. In the middle of this city, high on an imposing promontory is the fabled Topkapi Palace - the Seraglio of Sultan Suleyman Khan - the Shadow of God on Earth.

Roxelana & Suleyman: The Author's Edit #ad - Yet very few know her story. Europe is in turmoil under the oppressive rule of the Hapsburgs and the incessant raids of marauding Tartar Warriors. But it is also a metropolis of mis-placed trust, of decadence, run by a sexually-charged, drug-riddled bureaucracy.

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Sultana Kosem: In The Harem Magnificent Century Book 1

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Royal Hawaiian Press #ad - From then on, she was supposed to be one of the Sultan’s harem slaves. As sultana mahpeyker kösem, she challenges palace intrigues, has to be always vigilant of her enemies, as well as be wary of death and treason hiding behind every corner. Sultana kösem – in the harem, is the first in a series of novels which inspired the hit TV series ‘The Magnificent Century.

Follow the struggle for power and love intrigues at the Sultan’s court, and a ready-for-anything young Greek girl, an angel and demon all in one, who finds herself kidnapped and eventually sold into the Sultan’s harem when she was barely fifteen. Ahmed i’s grandmother notices her unusual beauty, charm, and intelligence and the Sultana takes the young country girl under her wing, to prepare her for the part she once played.

Sultana Kosem: In The Harem Magnificent Century Book 1 #ad - Ultimately, but for sultan ahmed i, the subjects will call her The Black Queen, she was his Mahpeyker – ‘Dearest Moon. But deep within, she remains Anastasia, a simple girl from one of the Greek Isles. Anastasia becomes the most powerful woman in the Ottoman Empire, the Sultan’s wife. However, fate decides differently.

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Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe

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Atlantic Monthly Press #ad - And suleiman the magnificent—who stood apart as a Muslim—brought the Ottoman Empire to its apogee of political, military, and economic power. Charles v was the most powerful man of the time, and unanimously elected Holy Roman Emperor. Francis i of france was the personification of the Renaissance, and a highly influential patron of the arts and education.

. With remarkable erudition, john julius norwich offers “an important history, masterfully written, ” indelibly depicting four dynamic characters and how their incredible achievements—and obsessions with one another—changed Europe forever The Washington Times. Here, he explores four leaders—henry viii, charles V, Francis I, and Suleiman—who led their countries during the Renaissance The Wall Street Journal.

Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe #ad - Bad behavior makes for entertaining history” in this bold history of Europe, the Middle East, and the men who ruled them in the early sixteenth century Kirkus Reviews. These men collectively shaped the culture, religion, and politics of their respective domains. John julius norwich—“the very model of a popular historian”—is acclaimed for his distinctive ability to weave together a fascinating narrative through vivid detail, colorful anecdotes, and captivating characters.

Henry viii, who was not expected to inherit the throne but embraced the role with gusto, broke with the Roman Catholic Church and appointed himself head of the Church of England.

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Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

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Da Capo Press #ad - Istanbul has long been a place where stories and histories collide, where perception is as potent as fact. From the koran to shakespeare, this city with three names--Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul--resonates as an idea and a place, real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between east and West, North and South, Byzantine, it has been the capital city of the Roman, and Ottoman Empires.

Hughes investigates what it takes to make a city and tells the story not just of emperors, and sultans, viziers, caliphs, but of the poor and the voiceless, of the women and men whose aspirations and dreams have continuously reinvented Istanbul. Written with energy and animation, award-winning historian Bettany Hughes deftly guides readers through Istanbul's rich layers of history.

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities #ad - Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, this captivating portrait of the momentous life of Istanbul is visceral, immediate, and authoritative--narrative history at its finest. For much of its history it was the very center of the world, known simply as "The City, Istanbul is not just a city, " but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, but a global story.

In this epic new biography, hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey from the Neolithic to the present, through the many incarnations of one of the world's greatest cities--exploring the ways that Istanbul's influence has spun out to shape the wider world.

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Hürrem : The Slavic Odalisque Magnificent Century Book 3

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Royal Hawaiian Press #ad - Suleiman eventually becomes infatuated with the red-headed odalisque, and renames her Hürrem – and so begins the story of a woman who refused to be stopped in her desire for power, and to be remembered forever. Soon, aleksandra finds herself at the Crimean Khan’s palace, and immediately wins Sultana Güldane’s heart.

. Her dream is not only to win Sulieman’s heart but also for power and to rule. Hürrem is the third part in a saga that became the inspiration for the creators of the ‘Magnificent Century’ television series. The story, power, full of love, follows the lives of the Sultan’s court, even the most powerful one, where behind every man, and intrigues, stands a woman who knows how to steer him.

Hürrem : The Slavic Odalisque Magnificent Century Book 3 #ad - Set at the beginning of 16th century, Aleksandra, the small daughter of Russian clergyman, is kidnapped during a barbaric attack on the village. The old woman predicts a great future for the Russian girl and eventually sets her out on a journey to meet her destiny. In a remarkable twist of trust, the young girl’s kidnapper becomes her savior, and they quickly establish a father-daughter bond.

There, the russian odalisque takes on the name Ruslana, and waits weeks to meet the Sultan. However, life at the tatar giant’s side isn’t a good solution for a growing beauty. Aleksandra, sent as a gift from the crimean Khan to the Ottoman Empire’s Khan, Sultan Sulieman, ends up in the powerful ruler’s harem.

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