The Sultan's Harem

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Crown Publishers, 2004 - Fiction - 453 pages
From the author of the critically acclaimedWhen We Were Godscomes a dramatic, unforgettable novel of cruelty and passion, set in the great Harem of the Ottoman Empire. In 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. All three women are beautiful, but Hürrem is the most dangerous—ruthless in her desire to rule the Harem and, ultimately, Süleyman himself. Endlessly manipulative and clever, she carefully arranges the downfall of her rivals and endears herself to the Sultan, who places her at the center of the Empire’s power. It is his obsession with Hürrem—not his enemies—that in the end costs Süleyman his allies, his sons, and finally his dynasty. Bestselling 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 king but by the women hidden behind the Harem walls.

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Last seen amidst the bloodthirsty Aztecs (Feathered Serpent, 2002), Falconer checks into a Turkish harem.Looking for a sensual tale of debauched sultans and languorous odalisques who scheme, sulk, and ... Read full review

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Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century, Suleyman the Just was regarded as the most significant ruler of his time by both Muslims and Europeans. His armies expanded his empire significantly ... Read full review


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COLIN FALCONER is the author of When We Were Gods and Feathered Serpent as well as several other historical novels, which have been published throughout the world. He lives in Perth, Australia.

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