Roxolana in European Literature, History and Culture by Galina I. Yermolenko

By Galina I. Yermolenko

This assortment is the 1st book-length scholarly research of the pervasiveness and importance of Roxolana within the ecu mind's eye. Roxolana, or "Hurrem Sultan," used to be a sixteenth-century Ukrainian girl who made an extraordinary occupation from harem slave and concubine to felony spouse and consultant of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the remarkable (1520-1566). Her impression on Ottoman affairs generated legends in lots of a eu state. The essays accumulated the following signify an interdisciplinary survey of her legacy; the members view Roxolana as a transnational determine that mirrored the transferring eu attitudes in the direction of "the Other," and so they examine her snapshot in a large choice of resources, starting from early sleek historic chronicles, dramas and shuttle writings, to twentieth-century historic novels and performs. additionally integrated are six ecu resource texts that includes Roxolana, right here translated into sleek English for the 1st time. Importantly, this assortment examines Roxolana from either Western and jap eu views; resource fabric is taken from England, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Poland, and Ukraine. the quantity is a crucial contribution to the research of early sleek transnationalism, cross-cultural alternate, and notions of id, the Self, and the opposite.

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Berthelin, 1660), 1: 495–6. ” Among these was “La Sultana Rossa” featured on the cover of the present volume. This oil painting (ca.  Other early modern oils, drawings, and engravings portraying “Rossa Solymanni Vxor” [‘Rossa Solyman’s Wife’] are held in the museums of Florence, Vienna, London, and Paris. None of these portraits is believed to have been done from live Hurrem, as strangers were usually not allowed to see or to communicate with the imperial harem women. Some of these portraits may have been based on original Italian medals; others depicted imaginary beautiful women in exotic costumes.

See Göllner, Tvrcica. Die europäischen Tükendrucke des XVI. Jahrhunderts. II. Band: MDLI–MDC, #2188; Samuel C. 2. 17 See nn. 3 and 4 above. On the history and significance of sixteenth-century French translations and adaptations of Paolo Giovio’s chronicles, see Rouillard, The Turk in French History, Thought, and Literature, 68. 18 Even the eighteenth-century European opera took an interest in the Mustapha story, as can be seen from Johann Hasse’s Solimano (Dresden, 1753) and David Perez’s Solimano (Lisbon, 1757; revived in 1768).

62 Published in E. J. W. Gibb, A History of Ottoman Poetry, ed. Edward G. , 1900–1909; rpt. 1958–1967), 3: 131. 63 Qtd. in Rogers and Ward, Süleyman the Magnificent, 21. 64 Cf. Rogers and Ward, Süleyman the Magnificent, 20–21. 14 Roxolana in European Literature, History and Culture southwest province of Manisa, which was closest to the capital. Such a strategy was designed to assist the favored heir in reaching the capital, and the throne, sooner than other brothers when the incumbent sultan died.

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