Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire
Anyone who loves Dorothy Dunnett’s, Lymond Chronicles will remember Roxelana. A major character in A Pawn in Frankincense and to a lesser extent in The Ringed Castle, she is both powerful and enigmatic. So to discover a biography of the actual women is a delightful find.
The author, Leslie Peirce is Silver Professor of History, Middle Eastern, and Islamic Studies at New York University. The award-winning author of several previous books, Peirce lives in New York City. I am including a link to Amazon, so you can easily find the book, but I am sure it is available elsewhere. I haven’t read it yet but it now tops my TBR list.
|Title Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire Author Leslie Peirce
Genre Non-fiction History, Biography
Publisher Basic Book
Release Date September 2017
| The extraordinary story of the Russian slave girl Roxelana, who rose from concubine to become the only queen of the Ottoman empire
Until now Roxelana has been seen as a seductress who brought ruin to the empire, but in Empress of the East, Peirce reveals the true history of an elusive figure who transformed the Ottoman harem into an institution of imperial rule.