The Sultan's Harem

The Sultan's Harem❰Read❯ ➵ The Sultan's Harem Author Colin Falconer – Oaklandjobs.co.uk From the author of the critically acclaimed When We Were Gods comes a dramatic unforgettable novel of cruelty and passion set in the great Harem of the Ottoman empireIn Constantinople there is only on From the author of the critically acclaimed When We Were Gods comes a dramatic unforgettable novel of cruelty and passion set in the great Harem of the Ottoman empireIn Constantinople there is only one ruler Sultan Suleyman 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 The Sultan's PDF \ is Gulbehar 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 Hürrem a Tartar girl from the Russian steppes sold into slavery All three women are beautiful but Hürrem is the most dangerous—ruthless in her desire to rule the Harem and ultimately Suleyman himself Endlessly manipulative and clever she carefully arranges the downfall of her rivals and endears herself to the Sultan which places her at the center of the Empire’s power It is his obsession with Hürrem—not his enemies—that costs Suleyman his allies his sons and finally his dynastyBestselling 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 ruler but by the women hidden behind the Harem walls. The Sultan's Harem Colin FalconerIn Constantinople there is only one ruler Sultan Süleyman 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 Gülbehar 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 Hürrem a Tartar girl from the Russian steppes sold into slavery تاریخ نخستین خوانش نهم ماه ژوئن سال 2009 میلادیعنوان سلطانه؛ اثر کالین فاکنر؛ مترجم جواد سیداشرف؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، زرین نگارستان کتاب؛ 1376، در 700 ص، شابک 9644071034، چاپ هفتم 1385، موضوع سلیمان اول، سلطان عثمانی سال 900 هجری تا سال 974 هجری برابر با سال 1496 میلادی تا 1566 میلادی، ترکیه، تاریخ، داستان سده 20 مدر قرن شانزدهم هنگامی که امپراطوری عثمانی در اوج قدرت است و سلطان سلیمان خان قانونی بر سه قاره و هفت اقلیم حکمرانی میکند در پشت درهای بسته و دیوارهای بلند «توپقاپو سرای» 300 کنیز در بزرگترین حرمسرای امپراتوری جدا از دنیای بیرون روزگار میگذرانند هنگامی که «خرم» را که یک دختر تاتار رومی است به حرمسرا میآورند زندگی عادی و روزمره ی حرمسرا به یکباره دگرگون میشود؛ ا شربیانی I don't know much about this time period or the Ottoman empire but this book certainly pulled me in from the beginning This is the story of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his harem specifically about 1 of his slave girls from his harem and how she rose to have so much power I'm sure no one knows exactly what she was like in real life but in this book she was vile Just a really vindictive and mean person but I think that's why I couldn't stop reading this bookbecause I just had to know what this woman was going to do nextThere was another side story going on the book that was just as interesting at least to me because it involved the chief eunuch in the harem and that one was a bit sadI hadn't read a Falconer book in a long timesince his Cleopatra book many years ago which I also enjoyed But I have a few of them sitting in my kindle and I am definitely going to be moving them up the ueueRecommended for historical fiction fans45 stars The histories tell us the Greeks besieged Troy for Fourteen years for the sake of a woman Will not the Turk then oppressed by piracies and invasions from this rock for over three centuries endure one winter's siege?Harem by Colin FalconerWow What a work of amazing uality this is I went into it knowing nothing about the Sultan and Hürrem It was uite an eye openerSPOILERSI was not helped in reading this by the fact that I despised Hürrem I could not help it Just reading about the incredible damage she causes in everyones' lives was enough to give me a headache But it is impossible to stop reading this book once you startIf there is one thing I did not like and it is something that caused me not to rate it a five it was the amazing amount of violence throughout this book Most of it involved Julia's story and as much as I did enjoy this book I really could have and would have enjoyed it if her story was not even told I was primarily interested in the story of HürremAnd the Sultan had me grinding my teeth together To me it seemed so obvious she was lethal and there were several times I wanted to shout through the book at the SultanNo Don't do that With each choice he made all of which were terrible I just got exasperated with himBut the book did what it needed to It was educational interesting and well written I couldn't put it down God help me in my sorrow That phrase was oft repeated in this book and it pretty much sums up my feelings for itTwo main issues1 The history of Roxelana is wack in the book in the book she's supposed to be a Tartar chieftain's daughter In reality she was the daughter of a Ukrainian Orthodox priest And she is portrayed as a bitter scheming bitch of a woman Really? History does not show that at all2 None of the characters have any redeeming ualities None The author clearly hated them all Sultan's Harem 1 4000 8312 5The Sultan's Harem is a spectacular tale of hatred and revenge as Falconer weaves the tale of a single woman a slave of the most powerful man in the world who tears down a powerful empire by careful manipulation of the man who loves her This one woman Hurrem manages to take down an entire empire all while only ever being seen by a handful of men the sultan and his personal eunuchs Falconer makes it difficult not to admire our cold blooded heroine who staunchly refuses to be a good little harem girl and concubine to the man who bought her from her parents She despises the man who tore her from her home as just another bauble to add to his vast harem and whom she must amuse endlessly lest she be tossed callously aside for another girl in the harem If she must play the game of harem politics to survive she will play it but survival is too meager a goal for her Carefully and coldly she devises a plan to bear a child remove the Sultan's favorite entice him to fall in love with her and then secure her freedom and unprecedented marriage to the emperor Even as a wife she is still a slave in everything but name and she ruthlessly turns her mental hold on her husband to send him spiraling into madness while the kingdom collapses slowly around himFalconer carefully treads the personal and the political here as with all his novels and we see sympathetic glimpses into both the main players sultan and sultana and into the lives of the hapless girls living silently in his lavish harem Each girl has her own history her own loss and her own sadness and faced with the realities of the harem and of the monogamous sultan finds her own pastimes and petty jealousies Are these women better off than the ones on the outside? They are safe and pampered baubles in a collection of sex slaves that are almost never used by their relatively monogamous master But the silence and loneliness gnaws at their souls and the passage of time weighs heavily on all involved Is our dark heroine really so unusual in her hate and cruelty or are her sisters in the harem just as enraged but powerless to act out? Gripping and suspenseful The Sultan's Harem is a compelling read I could not put it down I agree with another reviewer in that the story would make a wonderful movie should anyone ever acuire the rights Like other Falconer novels the writing is frank and does not shy away from the facts of life but the writing is never lurid or vulgar Ana Mardoll Colin Falconer wraps history in melodrama and makes it entertaining every time This story of Suleiman the Great and the zenith of the Ottoman empire is at turns romantic chilling and always intriguing While it bites off an awful lot and drags towards the end it's a fun captivating read There are really two stories that are mixed here and I found the transition from one to the other difficult to make Initially it seemed as if another book was started in the middle of the one book that most interested me The Venice story didn't hold my interest as well as the story set inside the Harem that story had complex characters with very complex motivations and intrigue I wish that story had taken of the book there would have been room then for a satisfying ending the story stops really rather than ends and I would have rather found out about what happens next to the main characters So a good read but a tad disappointing It is a fantastic historical book Suleiman I aka Suleiman the Magnificent 1494 1566 was the leader of the Ottoman Empire at the apex of its glory and achievement The ten sultans before him built the foundation for the empire including the conuest of Constantinople; Suleiman expanded upon their conuests made the Mediterranean a Turkish lake and crafted a set of laws intended to ensure the peaceful succession of sultans and the permanence of the empireThis book is a fictionalized account of Suleiman's reign beginning with his successful campaign against the Christian stronghold of Rhodes in 1522 and carrying through his relations with his sons over who would be sultan after him The book's title comes from the fact that one of its main characters is a woman from Suleiman's harem who became his favorite wife or kadin and it also illustrates the kinds of politics that occurred within the harem and influenced events outside the harem as wellSince it follows the historical course of events of Suleiman's reign the book doesn't have the sort of self contained story arc that pure fiction might so the end is predictably a little disappointing the main characters all age and many of them die the end In that sense I think Sharon Kay Penman's books about the Plantagenets are a little better written for entertainment value But this is offset by the very compelling and educational look inside the structure and politics of the Sublime Porte at the height of its power and for that alone I would gladly recommend The Sultan's Harem to anyone interested in the period or Ottoman cultureSome of the story takes place in Venice the Turks' main rival for control of the Mediterranean and the contrast between Turkish Moslem and Venetian Christian cultures in also very well highlighted I'm still trying to decide how I feel about this one While it was entertaining at times I thought the characters were a little much Mostly Sultan Suleyman just annoyed me what a sissy and Hurrem was WAY over the top I just find it hard to believe that Hurrem could have gotten away with everything she did And I felt a little sorry for her she was a terrible personbut the fact that she gained so much power so uickly ehAnd I found some of the story line completely unbelievable but giving that my knowledge is definitely scrappy when it comes to Middle Eastern history maybe that's the really the way things were? But I did speed through the book when I got a chance to read and I guess that says somethings for it

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  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • The Sultan's Harem
  • Colin Falconer
  • English
  • 10 November 2016
  • 9780609610305