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

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In Empress of the East, historian Leslie Peirce tells the remarkable story of a Christian slave girl, Roxelana, who was abducted by warriors at age twelve from her Ruthenian homeland, and brought to the harem of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in Constantinople. Suleiman became besotted with her, and forsook all other mistresses. Then, in an unprecedented step, he made her the first and only queen in the Ottoman court. Although shrouded in scandal, the canny and sophisticated Roxelana became a shrewd diplomat and administrator, who helped Suleyman keep pace with a changing world in which women - from Queen Elizabeth to Catherine de Medici - increasingly held the reins of power.

In Empress of the East, Pierce reveals the true history of an elusive figure who pushed the Ottoman Empire towards modernity.

Title : Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire
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ISBN : 0465032516
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Mackey rated it ★★★★☆

October 16, 2017

Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire is the magnificent story of Roxelana, a Ruthenin slave girl who was taken into captivity by Suleyman, Sultan of the Ottomom Empire. Each Sultan would take dozens of these Russian girls as slaves who then would have...

Sasha rated it ★☆☆☆☆

November 27, 2017

Ok, so you say you are a historian, right? Then for God's sake learn the difference between Russians and All-Other-Non-Russian-Eastern-European-Nations-That-Dwell-Somewhere-Left-Of-Germany. Rohatyn, the town where your "Russian slave girl Roxelana" was born, became the part of USSR (note: still n...

Lauralee rated it ★★★★★

September 18, 2017

Roxelana is one of history’s most controversial figures. She was an unlikely girl who rose at great odds to become Suleyman’s wife. However, Roxelana has been known for her ruthlessness and was the cause of many of her rivals’ deaths. However, in Empress of the East, Peirce has contradicted many...

Ruby rated it ★★★★★

September 22, 2017

i loved this book. it was everything i've ever wanted and i literally devoured it in 4 days. although i had read "the imperial harem", "empress of the east" contained a lot of new information and anecdotes-- which are the best thing in a history book, imo i loved this book so much that now i wish t...

Katie/Doing Dewey rated it ★★★☆☆

December 01, 2017

This is the story of how a slave girl, Roxelana, was transported to the Ottoman empire and eventually became queen, even though the country traditionally didn’t have queens. The way she transformed the role of women in politics was fascinating. The entire true story behind this book was fascinati...

Nefertari rated it ★★★★★

October 30, 2017

A long-overdue biography about one of the most influential women of her time, Roxelana or Hurrem, the enslaved teenage girl who rose to power as the sultan's wife in the Ottoman Empire. I'd read about her in Colin Falconer's "The Sultan's Harem," and it's a work of fiction that does Hurrem/Roxela...

Charlotte rated it ★★★★☆

November 29, 2017

Roxelana was an amazing woman. The author gave us a window into the Ottoman Empire which was contemporary with European empires. Her research allowed her to give us an unbiased account of a life at the pinnacle of the system--how it formed Roxelana and how Roxelana reformed it. Empire consumes it...

Sara rated it ★★★★☆

November 21, 2017

I liked it. It was a slow read but a thick one in terms of content and research. Some of the bits could have been in different order because it went by similar instances rather than chronological order. Some of the terms I didn't understand or the history or geography. But it was still good and n...

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