The Sultan's Harem
In Constantinople there is only one ruler: Sultan Sü:leyman the Magnificent, Lord of Lords of this World, Possessor of Men’:s Necks, Allah’:s Deputy, absolute ruler of the mighty Ottoman Empire. And at the heart of his palace is the Sultan’:s vast Harem, the domain of hundreds of scented, pampered women—:some wives, some concubines, some merely slaves. Among them is Gü:lbehar, the Sultan’:s submissive favorite and mother of his heir: Julia, the daughter of an Italian lord, kidnapped when she attempted to flee Venice with her lover: and Hü:rrem, a Tartar girl from the Russian steppes, sold into slavery.
All three women are beautiful, but Hü:rrem is the most dangerous—:ruthless in her desire to rule the Harem and, ultimately, Sü:leyman himself. Endlessly manipulative and clever, she carefully arranges the downfall of her rivals and endears herself to the Sultan, who places her at the center of the Empire’:s power. It is his obsession with Hü:rrem—:not his enemies—:that in the end costs Sü:leyman his allies, his sons, and finally his dynasty.
Bestselling author Colin Falconer offers an irresistible glimpse into a world of intrigue, sensuality, and violence, where an empire can be controlled not by the might of its king but by the women hidden behind the Harem walls.
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