Bride of Suleiman

Bride of Suleiman

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552120650
  • 9780552120654

Review Text

Crawley's pastel account of how a slave girl makes it to the big time as wife of 16th-century Suleiman the Magnificent mostly takes place in prestigious harems in Sarukhan and Istanbul - but those anticipating harem-scarem erotica will be disappointed. The harems in which Russian girl Khurrem wilts and flowers are as chaste and gracefully ordered as a Rumer Godden nunnery. Furthermore, young Khurrem is no particular beauty. She does have, however, a mind of her own and a habit of speaking it; and she's a whiz at fine needlework. So Khurrem attracts the attention of Sultana Hafise (a Mother Superior type) and her son, solemn Prince Suleiman. And once Khurrem is converted to Islam - her father was a priest - the Prince's fancy focuses: Khurrem can move up the harem ladder from Ikbal to Haseke (Favorite to Fortunate). Thus, when the ailing Sultan dies and Suleiman meets his royal destiny, Khurrem goes along on the move upward, acquiring new dignity and confidence, tutored by Hafise and enriched by her love for Suleiman. Triumphant battles fought by Suleiman follow; so does danger within the harem walls from a former favorite to Khurrem. But Khurrem, now the mother of the necessary (yet imperiled) male child, makes an unheard of request for marriage - and love triumphs. Pleasantly researched, modestly pretty, with a sugary view of harem life: a Women's House of Detention done by Kate Greenaway. (Kirkus Reviews)show more