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


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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...


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...





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