Khurem Sultan. Biography: the story of a slave
Up to now, there has been quite a few testimonies about the early period of this woman's life. According to the records of available sources, which somehow illuminate this issue, it is known that the future wife of the Sultan was born in the family of an Orthodox priest. Actually, this is practically all that is known about her childhood. It is interesting that different sources do not even agree on what its real name was, calling it Alexandra or Anastasia. The future Hürrem Sultan, whose biography, as we already see, is full of dark spots, was abducted during one of the regular Tatar raids. Soon she was presented as a concubine to the Turkish prince Suleiman, who was then the sultan's governor in Manisa. Obviously, this happened a couple of years before the accession of Suleiman, which happened in 1520.
Quickly concubine freshly baptized sultan was able to become a beloved wife, and in 1521 she gave birth to his son, Mehmet. Slavyanka achieved significant success in her own education, in fact becoming, as the sources say, the main adviser to Suleiman in state affairs. Roksolana's favoritism has caused jealousy on the part of another Sultan's wife, Mahidevran, and their brutal rivalry over the years. Repeatedly written sources mention literally the fights between these women, with scratched faces and ripped dresses. At the same time, not only jealousy was the cause of cruel intrigues in the palace. The ambition of the Slavs also played a significant role here. The fact is that her son, Shekhzadeh Mehmet (and especially the second son - Selim), was not the first-born of the Sultan and did not have a formal right to inheritance. The son of the same Mahidevan, Mustafa, born in 1515, was considered the eldest son and future sultan.
Khurem Sultan. Biography: the cause of death
For more than forty years Roksolana was the wife of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. She managed to gain the glory of the most wise and educated woman in the Muslim world, as well as the dangerous and cruel wife of the ruler. The last years of her life she spent in the palace, died a natural death in the spring of 1558 (some sources say about 1662).