Empress Of The East
How A European Slave Girl Became Queen Of The Ottoman Empire
- Biographies & Memoirs
From concubine to Queen
Abducted by slave traders from her Ruthenian homeland and brought to the harem of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in Istanbul, the slave girl Roxelana rose from concubine to become the only queen of the Ottoman empire.
Suleyman became besotted with Roxelana and foreswore all other concubines. In an unprecedented step, he freed her and married her. Roxelana soon became a shrewd diplomat and philanthropist, helping 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 acclaimed historian Leslie Peirce reveals the true history of an elusive figure who transformed the Ottoman harem into an institution of imperial rule.
"[A] brilliant, absorbing, and profoundly insightful account of one of the most enigmatically interesting figures of the sixteenth century....Peirce is rightly celebrated for her expertise on the fascinating subject of the Ottoman harem, and there is no one better qualified to help us understand how Roxelana emerged from the sultan's harem to become one of the most powerful political figures of her times. This is a book that should be read by anyone interested in understanding the deep history of Turkey, the Ottoman empire, and the Muslim Middle East."-Larry Wolff, author of The Singing Turk
"This page-turning narrative of an Ottoman sultan's passion draws us deeply into the household of a couple that broke all the rules. Peirce sets Suleyman and Roxelana's intimate lives within the context of the times, to show how the personal was inescapably political. Roxelana has at last found the biographer she deserves."-Caroline Finkel, author of Osman's Dream
"A brilliant book that restores one of the most fascinating women in Islamic history to prominence. Leslie Peirce, the foremost authority on the Ottoman imperial harem, has done her subject justice in this exquisitely crafted biography."-Eugene Rogan, author of The Fall of the Ottomans
About the Author
Leslie Peirce is the Silver Professor of History, Middle Eastern, and Islamic Studies at New York University and the award-winning author of two previous books. Her work on the Ottoman Empire has won her two Fulbrights, two NEH fellowships, and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||September 19, 2017|