The “interesting…vigorous” tale of the Russian slave lady Roxelana, who rose from concubine to transform the one queen of the Ottoman empire (New York Times).

In Empress of the East, historian Leslie Peirce tells the exceptional tale of a Christian slave lady, Roxelana, who used to be kidnapped via slave investors from her Ruthenian hometown and dropped at the harem of Sultan Suleyman the Very good in Istanbul. Suleyman turned into besotted along with her and foreswore all different concubines. Then, in an remarkable step, he freed her and married her. The daring and canny Roxelana quickly turned into a wise diplomat and philanthropist, who helped Suleyman stay % with a converting global through which girls, from Isabella of Hungary to Catherine de Medici, increasingly more held the reins of energy.

Till now Roxelana has been observed as a seductress who introduced break to the empire, however in Empress of the East, Peirce finds the actual historical past of an elusive determine who reworked the Ottoman harem into an establishment of imperial rule.