Summary: 'Sultan's Harem' tells tale of Suleiman and Roxelana
, against background of palace intrigue at peak of Ottoman power.
These women included Hurrem (also called Roxelana
or Roxolana), wife of Suleyman I (r.
His discussion of the harem focuses solely on the Ottoman courtly version of this social institution, using the well-known example of Roxelana
and Suleyman the Magnificent.
Aparentemente este era el caso en el haren del Gran Turco (el Sultan Otomano), en donde su madre (la reina madre) decidia con quien este se acostaba cada noche; despues de muerta la reina madre, la encargada de hacer la decision era la esposa principal (en el caso de Soliman el Magnifico, la terrible Roxelana
, que lo obligo a la monogamia liquidando a todas sus otras esposas y a los hijos menores de edad que tuvo con estas).
She's created the character Three Graces who leads us through the tale with her song, along with a Romani gypsy Roxelana
, and an Orthodox woman Irini who laments like the goddess of the Iliad.
vivir Sultana; Vivir, vivir Roxelana
[Long live the Sultan: Long live Roxeiane].
The Oriental daemon of the Arabian Nights teaches Gillian that a woman's wisdom is more valuable than her beauty by praising the intelligent and powerful non-Western women--the Turkish prodigy Zefir, the Queen of Sheba, and the Ottoman Sultana Roxelana
--that he has met in his previous lifetimes.
This portrait was probably posed for by a model and not the real Roxelana
, the sultana whose rise from the harem to the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent, the emperor of the Ottoman Empire, is one of history's great love stories.
Finkel manages to leave the distinct impression that, these soft endearments notwithstanding, Roxelana
was not a person you'd want to turn your back on in a court intrigue.
Al final de su vida, ordeno el asesinato de sus hijos, salvo del que tuvo con Roxelana
, su esposa favorita, para evitar problemas sucesorios.
The founder of this endowment was Roxelana
(otherwise known as Khasseki Sultan or Khurrem Sultan) the wife of the Ottoman sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, who built the present walls of Jerusalem.
rose from her lowly position as a harem slave to become the legal wife of the longest reigning sultan in Ottoman history, Suleyman.