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Daemon
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Roxelana

The story of Roxelana is a true rags-to-riches tale. Little is known of her early life, but she was likely born in Ukraine in the 16th century. At some point, she was captured by Crimean Tatars and taken as a slave. Brought to Constantinople (now Istanbul), she was selected to be a concubine in the harem of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Roxelana soon gained Suleiman's favor and—in a shocking break with tradition—he made her his legal wife. What did this mean for the sons she bore him? More...
Dialectrum
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What a fine name and figure...
MechPebbles
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To be caught, enslaved and sold into a harem. What a fate for women.
TB Turtle
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Unfortunately, too many women are still treated as chattel today. Some more so than others....i.e. arranged marriage.
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Interesting person
NeuroticHellFem
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Her life sounds familiar. I read Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book a few years ago. There are many characters over many centuries, one of the characters was obviously based on Roxelana. An interesting historical novel, if you've never heard of it.

When you make an assumption, you make an ass of u & umption! - NeuroticHellFem
Robert Imgrat
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What an incredible loss that in any foreseeable future there will be no other influential wife of any Arab ruling over Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and so on from either Poland or Ukraine. I believe in betterDrool
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In a book Titled: A World Undone, by G.J. Meyer, Pages: 87-89 record the details of palace intrigues and the remarkable love story of Roxelana and the Sultan, and tells the story of the murder of Mustafa that may have changed the bloodlines of the Ottoman Caliphate. The contents of these three pages deserve prominence and further research. These connections are quite important for any serious student of the Ottoman Empire as they point to the reasons of possible inherited genetic degeneration of the Ottoman bloodlines that followed the demise of Suleiman I (1494-1566). ''The abruptness and permanence of the change, the sharpness of the contrast between the murdered Mustafa and his half-brother Selim II, has given rise to speculation that perhaps Roxelana's son was not Suleiman's son at all.''


http://iqballatif.newsvine.com/_news/2011/01/05/5773340-roxelana-and-the-sultan-a-story-of-contaminated-pedigree
LoveEnglish
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I've watched TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl. It's an awesome film, and actress played her role brilliantly. Did someone read the historical book about her? Do you recommend me to read it?
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she was killed by her brother
Fredric-frank Myers
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Thank you for a very enjoyable read and insight into that period of history.
Monaliza
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What a miserable life for a child to be sold and be a servant ,and got married to someone who had a lot of wives but
I think she was very intelligent to be his best
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