“I am Alexandra La Rossa! Sold to the Ottoman palace, slave of Ruthenia! Slave who lose her mother, father, brother and all beloved people! I prayed that these huge waves destroy me, to ascend to heaven in the family! Learned from 17 years torments and fierceness of the world! For a one year aged for a thousand! Alone, nobody and nothing, Alexandra!”
What is a harem? I will rule the world!
Haseki Hürrem Sultan (née Roxelana or Alexandra Lisowska) was the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent.
Ottoman Sixteenth-century sources are silent as to her maiden name, but much later traditions, for example Ukrainian folk traditions first recorded in the 19th century, give it as “Anastasia” (diminutive: “Nastia”), and Polish traditions give it as “Aleksandra Lisowska”.
She was known mainly as Haseki Hürrem Sultan or Hürrem “balsaq” Haseki Sultan; in European languages as Roxolena, transliterated as “Roksolana” Roxolana, Roxelane, Rossa; in Turkish as Hürrem (“the cheerful one”). ”Roxelana” or “Roksolana” might be not a proper name but a nickname, referring to her Ukrainian heritage (cf. the common contemporary name “Ruslana”); “Roxolany” or “Roxelany” was one of the names of East Slavs, inhabitants of the present Ukraine, up to the 15th century. Thus her name would literally mean “The Ruthenian One”.
According to late-16th-century and early-17th-century sources, such as the Polish poet Samuel Twardowski, who researched the subject in Turkey, Hürrem was seemingly born to a father who was a Ukrainian (Ruthenian) Orthodox priest. She was born in the town of Rohatyń, 68 km southeast ofLwów, a major city of the Ruthenian Voivodeship in the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland (today in western Ukraine). In the 1520s, she was captured byCrimean Tatars during one of their frequent raids into this region and taken as a slave, probably first to the Crimean city of Kaffa, a major centre of theslave trade, then to Constantinople, and was selected for Süleyman’s harem.
She quickly came to the attention of her master, and attracted the jealousy of her rivals. One day Suleiman’s favorite, the concubine Mahidevran (also called Gülbahar, gül meaning “rose” and bahar meaning “spring”), got into a fight with Hürrem and beat her badly. Upset by this, Suleiman banished Mahidevran to the provincial capital of Manisa, together with her son, the heir apparent Mustafa. This exile was shown officially as the traditional training of heir apparents, Sancak Beyliği. Thereafter, Hürrem became Suleiman’s unrivalled favorite or haseki. Many years later, because of a fear of rebellion (a fear probably incepted by Hürrem), the Sultan ordered Mustafa to be strangled. After the death of her son, Gulbahar lost her state in the palace (as being the mother of the heir apparent) and moved to Bursa. Hürrem’s influence over the Sultan soon became legendary; she was to bear Suleiman six children:Mihrimah, Selim, Beyazid, Abdullah, Cihangir and Mehmed, in an astonishing break with tradition, eventuallywas freed and became his legal wife, making Suleiman the first Ottoman emperor to have a wed wife sinceOrhan Gazi. This strengthened her position in the palace and eventually led to one of her sons, Selim, inheriting the empire. Hürrem also may have acted as Suleiman’s advisor on matters of state, and seems to have had an influence upon foreign affairs and international politics. Two of her letters to King Sigismund II Augustus of Poland have been preserved, and during her lifetime, the Ottoman Empire generally had peaceful relations with the Polish state within a Polish-Ottoman alliance. Some historians also believe that she may have intervened with her husband to control Crimean Tatar slave-raiding in her native land.
Bali Bey and Aybige Hatun
Love them…they are hell perfect together
Amazing Nur Fettahoglu (Mahidevran) for Markafoni
„People do not love me, Suleyman. They think I am witch.” - Hurrem
„People can talk what they want. I love you.” - Suleiman
New star: Pelin Karahan as Mihrimah Sultana in season 3
she looks great
”When you were born, I had a dream you were sleeping on my throne…”