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Ottoman History
Ottoman History

Women Who Ruled: Mahpeyker Kosem Sultan of Ottoman Turkey

For women who ruled, it seemed as if power and enduring happiness could not often coexist. While they lived, these women proved they could be as competent, decisive, and cruel when necessary, similar to their male counterparts.

In the seventeenth century, Sultan Mehmed III fathered a son, Ahmet I, who became ruler of the Ottoman Empire in 1603, at the age of thirteen. Until then, Ahmet had spent several years in isolation within Topkapi Palace's Golden Cage, an apartment reserved for princes younger than the reigning sovereign. Two years later, a fifteen year-old Greek girl born in 1590 entered his harem, a slave re-named Kosem. Daughter of a priest, Kosem entered the harem and in 1612, bore him their first son, Murad. She later became the mother of the princes Ibrahim and Bajezit.

Mahpeyker Kösem Sultan

Kösem Sultan (Turkish pronunciation: [cøˈsem sulˈtan]) (c. 1590 – 2 September 1651) – also known as Mahpeyker Sultan[4] (Turkish pronunciation: [mahpejˈkeɾ sulˈtan]; Ottoman Turkish: ماه پيكر‎, Māh-peyker) – was one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history.[5] Kösem achieved power and influenced the politics of the Ottoman Empire when she became Haseki Sultan as favourite consort and later legal wife of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603–1617) and Valide Sultan[4] as mother of Murad IV (r. 1623–1640) and Ibrahim (r. 1640–1648), and grandmother of Mehmed IV (r. 1648–1687). She was one of the prominent figures during theSultanate of Women.

Kösem lived in the Ottoman Empire during the reign of six sultans, Ahmed I, Mustafa I, Osman II, Murad IV, Ibrahim, and Mehmed IV. After her death, she was known by the names "Vālide-i Maḳtūle" (murdered mother), and "Vālide-i Șehīde" (martyred mother).[6]

Early life[edit]

Magnificent Century: Historical Turkish

On the way to the Sultan’s harem, I saw two beautiful slave girls walking across a parking lot clutching their tiaras and squinting unhappily into the sun. It was a hot August day in Istanbul, with an intermittent gusting wind. An attendant ushered me into a warren of royal chambers. I crossed the marble flagstones of a capacious Turkish bath, and proceeded down the passageway known as the Golden Road, through which a lucky concubine, having received the purple handkerchief indicative of the Sultan’s favor, approaches the privy chamber. On a gilt desk lay an imperial seal and two sticks of wax. An adjacent bedroom, lavishly appointed, had been occupied by the Sultan’s mother, until her death, toward the end of Season 2.

Soap Opera Finds a Global Audience

The reign of the Ottoman sultan Suleiman I and his love life were the inspirations for the Turkish TV soap opera Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Magnificent Century), which ran for four seasons starting in 2011, and came to a close this year. Hundreds of millions of viewers watched the show, not only in Turkey but also in Pakistan, Bosnia, Croatia, China and other countries, including several in the Arab world (where it was called The Sultan’s Harem and dubbed in Arabic). This month it began airing in the United States on MundoFox, dubbed in Spanish.
The show begins with Prince Suleiman’s ascension to the throne as sultan. This is the beginning of his reign, and also the beginning of many complicated palace intrigues that would end with him ordering the killing of his own son. Many of the dramas of his life as sultan are planned carefully by the feisty Ukrainian slave Alexandra with whom he falls in love and later marries.

Suleiman the Magnificent

"Suleiman I" redirects here. For the shah of Persia, see Suleiman I of Persia.
Suleiman I ( Ottoman Turkish : سلطان سليمان اول , Modern Turkish : Suleiman I, Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent or Suleiman the Magnificent ; [1] 9 November 1494-7 September 1566), Commonly known as Suleiman the Magnificent in the West and "Magnificent " (the Air Lawgiv) in the feeling realm, was the tenth and longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1520 to feel death in 1566. [2] Under sensation administration, the Ottoman state ruled over 20 to 30 million people.

Magnifikent Century Kösem

Period Drama
Season 1 : 84 X 1 Commercial Hour
Season 2: Ongoing Production
Weekly, Prime Time
In 1603, Ahmed Khan, the youngest sultan in Ottoman history succeeds to the throne. The inexperienced young Sultan is faced with heavy responsibilities. The Jelali uprisings in the East and the never-ending war with the Austrian Empire in the West have been carrying the empire to a stalemate. Despite his warm heart, sharp wit and great dreams, Ahmed is quite naive and this presents a golden opportunity for his enemies.

Faced with a new challenge every day and the constant threat of losing his life and his throne, the only light of Ahmed’s life of a bed of nails, is Anastasia. He has been in love with Anastasia ever since the day he saw her portrait.

Magnificent Century: Kösem

Magnificent Century: Kösem ( Turkish Pronunciation: [muhteʃɛm jyzjɯl I Cosener] , İngilizce: The Magnificent Century: Kösem ) is a Turkish television sequel to the 2011 Turkish television period drama Magnificent Century . Written by Yilmaz Sahin, Nüket Cutler and love Yilmaz, it recounts the life of Kosem Sultan , a slave girl who bec but one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history after she was captured and sent to the harem of the Sultan Ahmed II . [1]
The first episodes of the series were filmed in Chios, Greece.[2] An excerpt of the show was screened in Cannes, France at the annual international television festival MIPCOM about a month before its official premiere on Star TV on November 12, 2015.[3][4]

Season 1

Resurrecting Historical Ertugrul

This article is about the Ottoman leader Ertuğrul. For the Ottoman frigate, see Ottoman frigate Ertuğrul. For the name, see Ertuğrul (name).

Hits Turkey's TRT

It’s been years since Turkish government broadcaster TRT has had a chart-topping drama. The spread of satellite in the 1990s saw the government racing to catch up with de-facto privatization.

The countless channels that emerged in the era brought drama — first foreign, then gradually, domestic — that turned TRT into a byword for boring. Notoriously low production values have long been a sticking point for viewers and the absence of any true market impetus meant little incentive for change.
Recent years have seen a number of high-profile efforts to shift both image and content at TRT. While results have generally been middling, the second season of “Resurrection Ertugrul” marks a resounding success, with an audience share that rarely dips below 30% in the competitive Wednesday primetime slot once ruled by “Magnificent Century.”

Revival Ertuğrul

Ertugrul is a Turkish historical adventure television series created by Mehmet Bozdag , starring Engin Altan Düzyatan in the title role. It is filmed in Riva , a village in Beykoz , Intracity district of Istanbul , and premiered on TRT 1 in Turkey on December 10, 2014. The show is based on the history of the Oghuz Turks and takes place in the 13th century and Centers around the life of Ertugrul , the father of Osman I , the leader of the Ottoman Turks and the founder and namesake of the dynasty that established and ruled the Ottoman Empire. While only a small principality during Ertugrul's lifetime, would prevail as a world empire under the dynasty's feelings last for the next six centuries after feeling death.


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