Monday, 2 July 2018

282) Hürrem Sultan

Hürrem Sultan (c. 1502 - 1558), also known as Roxelana. Favourite and later the chief consort and legal wife of Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. She was one of the most powerful and influential women in Ottoman history and a prominent and controversial figure during the era known as the Sultanate of Women. She was "Haseki Sultan" (favorite of the Sultan) when her husband, Süleyman I, reigned as the Ottoman sultan. She achieved power and influenced the politics of the Ottoman Empire through her husband and played an active role in state affairs of the Empire. Mother of Selim II.
"As the Sultan took a stroll through his harem, he caught sight of her beauty, her red hair, and chose her to warm his bed that night."
"One such captive was a girl of fair complexion with reddish-blonde hair, making her a valuable prize and a worthy gift for the sultan."
"She was described as a beautiful woman who stood out in a crowd sue to her flaming red hair."

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