Book Reviews

Empress of the East by Leslie Peirce Book Review

In Empress of the East, historian Leslie Peirce tells the remarkable story of a Christian slave girl, Roxelana, who was abducted by slave traders from her Ruthenian homeland and brought to the harem of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in Istanbul. Suleyman became besotted with her and foreswore all other concubines. Then, in an unprecedented step, he [read more]

Hürrem Sultan

Hurrem Sultan – Suleiman’s true love

Roxelana was an unlikely candidate to have made a mark in history. She was a young girl who was captured by slave traders and became a concubine in Suleiman’s harem. However, Roxelana overcame great odds and became Suleiman’s wife. She would bear the Sultan five sons – one of whom would become the next Sultan [read more]

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September 2017 Book News

The Life of Henrietta Anne: Daughter of Charles I Hardcover – 30 September 2017 (UK) & 2 January 2018 (US) Henrietta Anne Stuart, youngest child of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, was born in June 1644 in the besieged city of Exeter at the very height of the English Civil War. The hostilities had separated [read more]