History that has nothing to Do With The Real ThingRoxelana with the real thingRoxelana one of the most powerful women in the Ottoman Empire and broke the glass ceiling for royal women there at the time Her story is an inspiring look at how one woman can bring so much influence and change to a leader and an empire even if given no official role or title Suleiman repeatedly came to her for counsel She acted as a diplomat with foreign powers through her letters and was beneficent in her good work and philanthropy especially for the city of Istanbul She endowed mosues schools soup kitchens Sufi lodges and hospitals At one point she even sold her own gold pearls and jewels to pay for Janissary Ottoman soldier s boots and a hike in their pay Her work surpassed that of any previous Ottoman woman in volume and geographic reachThe Ottoman dynasty ruled a large part of Europe for six centuries and its royals were basically European Muslims though most people in the US know little about them Traditionally Ottoman Sultans did not marry and could have hundreds of consorts and concubines They were acuired female slaves usually from Christian populations who were chosen for beauty health and strength These slaves were housed in closed apartments overseen by a complex organization of women and black eunuchs which was the harem However Suleiman didn t follow any of these rules he chose to be monogamous to one woman Roxelana He defied tradition when he married herI was so happy that the The New York Times Book Review featured this book and gave it a positive review I loved it and hope people who are interested in history will learn about the great and influential women of the Ottoman Empir. He East: How a Slave Girl Became ueen of the Ottoman Empire By Leslie Peirce please download or read online her. .
Sad because of how monumental this woman was for the Ottomans and For Their Traditions And Cultures their traditions and cultures et so very little is known or written about her If I hadn t watched The Magnificent Century I am not sure I ever would ve known she even existed It s hard not to walk away from the book a little melancholy for all the lost history It was like a boring list of historical data I love everything about this book This is an incredible story of a famous Ottoman royal written by the brilliant historian Leslie Peirce It s a story of how one woman can change everything can change an empire Roxelana was a 16th century slave who rose through the ranks to become the legal wife of the greatest Ottoman Sultan that ever lived Suleiman the Magnificent His reign was the Golden Age of the empireI don t see many mainstream books about the Ottoman Empire and often they are horribly erroneous or disappointing Ottoman history is complicated and it s pivotal that historians use the right sources and records Using the letters and journals of Europeans is not a realistic depiction of the Ottomans and its important that historians use actual Ottoman records and use the books and materials of Turkish historians who have access to these records Peirce is a stellar historian and writer who has done her research responsibly and really does the Ottomans justice I have also read her previous book The Imperial Harem which was also excellent She has conducted her research of Ottoman history meticulously using sources that get us closest to the records of what really happened It s shocking how some writers have taken ridiculous liberties with the Ottoman past to conjure up Here are many interesting things in this book, readers are very amazed by the contents of the book Empress of Great book I couldn t put it down I have become fascinated with the Ottomans Roxelana and Suleiman after watching The Magnificent Century a Turkish series that is available through some streaming services After beginning the series I wanted to learn about Roxelana and Suleiman and discover what is accurate and what is dramatic license in the show That is where Ms Peirce s book comes accurate and what is dramatic license
the show is where Ms Peirce s book comes play When I saw this book pop up I just knew I had to have it Ms Peirce does the best job possible piecing together the few fragments that remain regarding who Roxelana was and what she had done while favorite and then *WIFE OF SULEIMAN I FOUND IT *of Suleiman I found it interesting and informative how Ms Peirce would explain how Ottoman tradition handled concubines and then mother s of sons prior to Roxelana and then how she broke the mold and helped to create a new tradition for women I learned a great deal from reading this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Ottomans Roxelana and SuleimanMs Peirce has done a wonderful job but she of course has the same pitfalls of most authors who chose to write about women during this time period in that there just isn t a ton of information Very little survives of Roxelana s own writings and no one bothered to write down for posterity her thoughts or beliefs What we have are a small number of letters she wrote and some diplomatic correspondences from people who had their own agendas and biases Many times Ms Peirce is forced to make educated guesses or assumptions about Roxelana s motives or involvements in certain events because there isn t anything available from Roxelana s own writings I walked away from the book. Popular Kindle Epub, Empress of the East: How a Slave Girl Became ueen of the Ottoman Empire By Leslie Peircein the show