Magnificent Century: Kösem

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
Ahmed is an Ottoman prince, son of Sultan Mehmed III and Handan Sultan. Ahmed laments the loss of his elder brother Mahmud, who was executed on the order of Sultan Mehmed III, after a seer predicted his ascension to the throne. His father, fearing a coup d'état to dethrone him, executed Mahmud. The intrigues of Safiye Sultan were also a possible reason for Mahmud's death, as Mahmud's intimacy for his mother Halime Sultan proved a threat to Safiye's status as Valide Sultan. Unforeseen, Sultan Mehmed III also dies, clearing the way for Ahmed to ascend to the Ottoman throne. Meanwhile, in Tinos ( modern day Greece ) Anastasia (also referred as Nasia), is a 13-year old Greek girl who lives an idyllic life with her father Enzo, her mother, and her young sister. Previously, she was painted with a lamb in her hands. This portrait is delivered to Safiye Sultan, who presents it as a gift to her grandson Sultan Ahmed I.

Due to the impression made on him, Safiye Sultan orderes the girl to be brought to Topkapi Palace. On the road to Istanbul, Anastasia spots Iskander, a young trainee in the Janissary cadet, who vows to Anastasia that he will return her to her family and her homeland. Once they arrive at Topkapi, Cennet Hatun begins lecturing Anastasia on palace etiquette and courtesy. But Anastasia swore she would return to her homeland at all costs. While discovering the palace, she finds a mysterious passageway leading to a secret garden, and there she first sees Sultan Ahmed. Ahmed introduces himself with a different name, and soon Anastasia starts having feelings for Ahmed. The other harem concubines, envious of Anastasia's beauty, start telling false tales to Anastasia, who later believes the sultan eats young girls' hearts! Anyhow, Anastasia is later taken to the sultan, who is bitten in his fist by Anastasia. But as soon as she looks up and discovers who he is, she is no longer afraid anymore.

Believing Safiye Sultan is behind a conspiracy to replace him with his brother Mustafa as sultan, Ahmed decides to banish Safiye Sultan from the palace, and to deprive her off her wealth and authority. Fahriye Sultan's relationship with Mehmed Giray is exposed to the audience, with Sahin Giray revealing his intentions of ending the Ottoman line and becoming the sole sultan. Safiye Sultan suggests a marriage between Dervish Pasha and Fahriye Sultan to Ahmed. After Mehmed Giray and Fahriye Sultan's relationship becomes known to the sultan, Mehmed Giray is sentenced to death, but the sultan spares him after he hears Sahin Giray's plead. Not long after, Sahin Giray instructs Fahriye Sultan to poison her nephews Ahmed and Mustafa. Fahriye agrees, doing it in order to preserve her affair with Mehmed Giray. Bulbul agha discovers that Sultan Ahmed's malady isn't poison, but pox. Riots take place when the locals discover what is happening behind their backs ... Safiye Sultan, fearing the end of the three century old Ottoman dynasty,encourages the rest to leave the palace with her. Anastasia, willing to stay with Ahmed, is reluctant.

Anastasia stands in front of the rebels and admonishes them for abandoning their sultan in the times when he most needs them. They reply by calling her a witch then shooting her with a rifle. The bullet does not harm her, but lands on her locket.Later, Anastasia visits a sorceress, who gives her a cure to Ahmed's pox. In return, Anastasia will walk a road filled with blood, she will see all the people she loves and all the people she will love die before her very eyes. Halime Sultan also applies sorcery to cure Mustafa's malady. Everything returns to normal, except Anastasia's name is changed to Kosem which means pioneer. She then converts to Islam from her former Christian religion. Safiye Sultan asks Kosem to convince Ahmed to let her remain in the palace, but Kosem rejects, saying that she should have stood by Sultan Ahmed when he needed them. This marks the beginning of Kosem and Safiye's animosity.

Handan Valide Sultan orders her guards to execute Sehzade Mustafa. Kosem, who coincidentally happens to be with the Sehzade, prevents them from killing him. She doesn't, however, tell the Sultan about Handan's crime due to Handan's position as Kosem's ally against Safiye Sultan. Enzo, Kosem's father is kidnapped and taken hostage by Safiye Sultan's guards. Safiye uses this to force Kosem to tell the Sultan about Handan's crime, in addition to convincing him to keep her in Topkapi. Sultan Ahmed banishes his mother to the Old Palace ( also known as Eski Saray or the Palace of Tears ). Safiye and Ahmed's relationship eventually starts recovering. Safiye Sultan, however, does not keep her promise and kills Enzo. Kosem is enraged and vows for revenge. Cennet Hatun's love affair with one of the palace guards becomes known to the sultan, who orders that she be killed. While Cennet is in her prison cell, Kosem asks Cennet about Safiye Sultan's secret, vowing to release her if she tells her what it is. Cennet is silent in the hope that Safiye Sultan will come and rescue her. All Cennet utters is that the secret is about Fahriye Sultan before Bulbul agha arrives, demanding her release by Safiye Sultan. As Kosem probes into Safiye Sultan's secret, she is aided by Halime Sultan who informs Kosem that the people who burnt Cennet Hatun's face were loyal to Safiye. Kosem takes advantage of this point to make Cennet tell her Safiye's secret and to change her allegiance.

Kosem warns Safiye that she has only one day to pack all her belongings and leave for the Eski Saray, or else Kosem will inform the sultan everything. Safiye Sultan agrees, asking only that she get the manuscript proving Fahriye Sultan's treason. The next morning, all the harem is alarmed at Safiye Sultan's departure. As Safiye is on her carriage accompanied by Bulbul and Cennet, Cennet hands her the manuscript. Safiye Sultan is shocked that the manuscript is plain and contains no writing, meaning Kosem had tricked her and kept the real manuscript for herself. Cennet announces her allegiance to Kosem, and leaves the carriage feeling satisfied at taking her vengeance. Kosem discovers she is pregnant. Sultan Ahmed hands Kosem the former crown of Hurrem Sultan, showing his love and respect for her. After this, Kosem blurts out Safiye Sultan's secret to Ahmed, which infuriates him. Dervish Pasha, Fahriye Sultan's husband, offers to hide her in a religious house, whose owner prohibits any forms of violence within its walls, including that commanded by the sultan.

Fahriye takes asylum in that house. Sultan Ahmed asks his mother Handan Sultan to return to the palace, which pleases her very much. When Mehmed Giray visits Fahriye, she admits to him that she hates him. As a result, Mehmed Giray begins working with Kosem to lure Fahriye out of the religious house, so the guards may take her to the Sultan's justice. They succeed in hatching this plan, and Fahriye is taken to the Sultan, who spares her for the sake of the royal family's reputation. He later exposes his true intentions when he assigns Dervish the task of punishing her. Whilst he and Fahriye are enjoying a meal and red wine, blood begins pouring down Fahriye's nose, indicating that the wine must have been poisoned. Fahriye dies in Dervish's arms. Safiye Sultan is left heartbroken, and vows to take down Sultan Ahmed from the throne. Sultan Ahmed leaves for his military campaign against Safavid Persia.

During this time, Safiye buys the loyalties of the pashas and the janissaries, who storm the palace at night, and kill many, including Mahifiruze Sultan. Safiye then orders them to bring sehzade Mustafa to her and he is clothed and tidied in the morning, ready for the sword girding ceremony. But just before Mustafa is declared sultan, Ahmed arrives from campaign. He incarcerates Safiye in the Maiden's Tower, and strips her off all her power. Then, he decides as a ruler to execute his brother in order to secure his crown, but destiny spares Mustafa from that fate. Not long after, Kosem is told by Mehmed Giray the truth of Dervish Pasha and his role in the assassination of Sultan Mehmed III.

Humashah Sultan, Safiye Sultan's eldest daughter, arrives from Egypt. Meanwhile, Halime Sultan exposes the truth of Handan and Dervish Pasha's love relationship, making Handan Sultan vulnerable. The secret of Dervish Pasha's involvement in Sultan Mehmed III's death is revealed to Ahmed, who kills Dervish himself. Handan Sultan later commits suicide, fearing that her secret has been told to her son. After Handan's death, Humashah Sultan is given leadership of the harem. Sultan Ahmed orders the release of Safiye Sultan from the Maiden's Tower, due to her aid in rescuing Kosem from the bandits. Humashah Sultan resignates from her role, due to Kosem Sultan's intrigues. Later, Humashah Sultan is informed that her long lost brother, the lost prince of the Ottoman dynasty, is Iskander. Safiye and Humashah conceal this truth for over 11 years, while Safiye has plans to poison Sultan Ahmed in order to clear the path for her own prince. Safiye succeeds, and Sultan Ahmed is told he has less than a fortnight to live.

In a moment of haste, Humashah informs Zulfikar about Iskander's secret, and Zulfikar in return informs Kosem. Kosem, fearing for her children's fate after spouse's death, informs Sultan Ahmed, who orders Iskander's execution. Meanwhile, Halime Sultan and Menekse organising the wedding of Dilruba Sultan to the vizier and statesman Davud Pasha. Sultan Ahmed learns that his disease is progressing, and asks that he be legally married to Kosem before his death. A few days after Dilruba Sultan's marriage, Sultan Ahmed dies due to abdominal pain.

Kosem then aids sehzade Mustafa in gaining the crown, however Halime and Dilruba turn against her, banishing her to the Eski Saray. After realising her mistake, Kosem plans a coup d'état to dethrone Sultan Mustafa and replace him with her step son sehzade Osman. Kosem uses Mustafa's weak mental state in order to justify her actions. Halime Sultan, seeing Kosem's children as a threat to her authority, orders them to be executed. Kosem arrives just in time to save her children, and then orders the janissaries to throw Sultan Mustafa in the Kafes, and Halime in the Old Palace. Then, Osman ascends to the throne as Osman II, but he too betrays her trust and exiles her to the Eski Saray, as well as executing her eldest son Mehmed, who the janissaries saw as a likely heir to the throne. However, Osman's plans to replace the janissaries with a more loyal army proved to be the primary motive to his abashment and incarceration, after which he was strangled, enabling Mustafa's second reign to begin.

Kosem, anguished by her son's loss, decides to annihilate all her rivals. Thus, she orders her allegiants to dispatch both Halime and Dilruba, then imprison Mustafa in the Kafes, viewing his psychologically disturbed condition not a threat to her rule. Kosem enthrones her eldest living son Murad to the Ottoman throne, inheriting the position of Valide Sultan, declaring herself the official regent to the crown, and gaining her prestige as the most formidable, influential, and powerful sultana in Ottoman history.

Series overview
Season Timeslot Season premiere
Season finale
No. of episodes Section range Season's years TV Channel
one Thursday 20:00 November 12, 2015 June 9, 2016 30 1-30 2015 - 2016 Star TV

2nd Monday 20:00 October 17, 2016 ??? 31 31- 2016 - 2017 FOX

Major characters[edit]
Actor name Role name Explanation Seasons
Pamela Green Tea
Mahpeyker Sultan Köse
Haseki Sultan, favourite consort and later wife of Sultan Ahmed, mother of the majority of his children. Valide Sultan andRegent to two sons and a grandson
Beren Saat
Anastasia Tsilimpiou
Sun Nezihe Sensoy trailer
Text is Akgüld Sultan Murad IV
Sultan Ahmed and Kösem's secondborn son and the 17th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Cage Efe White one
hülya Avşar
Safiye Sultan
Sultan Murad III's widow, Ahmed's grandmother, mother of Sultan Mehmed III
Annex Aries
Sultan Ahmed I
The 14th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, son of Sultan Mehmed III and Handan Sultan
Tulin Ozen Handan Sultan
Valide Sultan and mother of Sultan Ahmed, Sultan Mehmed III's widow one
Aslıhan Gurbuz Halima Sultan
Sultan Mehmed III's widow, mother of Prince Mahmud, Dilruba Sultana and Sultan Mustafa II one
Vildan atasever
Sultan Hümaşah Safiye Sultan and Sultan Murad III 's eldest daughter, Ahmed's aunt one
Gülcan Arslan Honorary Sultan Safiye Sultan and Sultan Murad III's daughter, Ahmed's aunt, in love with Mehmed Giray one
Berk Cankat Alexander / Sultan Yahya
The adopted son of an Austrian blacksmith and a trainee at the Janissary cadet school, Safiye Sultan and Sultan Murad III's son, Ahmed's uncle, in love with Kösem one
Erkan Kolchak Kyustendil Shahin Giray Khan A Crimean lord, Mehmed Giray's brother
Kadir Eastern Mehmed III Giray
Crimean lord, Şahin Giray's brother, later the Crimean Khan , in love with Honorary Sultan
Mete Horozoğlu [5]
Zulfikar Pasha Commander of the Istanbul Cadet Janissary Corps, later a vizier and Hümaşah Sultan's husband one
Mehmet Kurtulus
Dervish Mehmed Pasha
Sultan Ahmed's mentor and first bodyguard, later becomes a grand Vizier one
Southwind story Dilruba Sultana Sister of Ahmed I , daughter of Mehmed III and Halima Sultan , wife of Black Dawood Pasha
Melisa Ilayda Ozcanik
Bora Kuzum Sultan Mustafa II
The 15th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan son of Sultan Mehmed III and Halima one
Alikhan is Türkdemir one
Taner Dies Sultan Osman II
The 16th sultan of the Ottoman Empire, son of Ahmed I and Mahfiruze Sultan, raised by Kösem. one
Mustafa Üstündağ Black Dawood Pasha
Dilruba Sultan's husband one
Dermancıoğl of Esra heaven Babes Safiye Sultan and then Kösem Sultan's servant, chief treasurer of the harem one
Nadir Sarıbacak nightingale network Safiye Sultan's, and after her death, Sultan Köse's servant one-
Hakan Şahin Haji Agha Chief eunuch of the harem after Reyhan Ağa. Served Handan Sultan, and after her death, Kösem Sultan one-
Sahin Sekman Lala Omar Effendi Prince Osman's tutor, later heaven Babe's husband one
Supporting characters[edit]
Actor name Role name Explanation Seasons
Yigit Flying Prince Bayezid Ahmed's end by Gulbahar Sultan 2nd-
Leyla Feray Ayse Sultan Ahmed and Kose's firstborn daughter, Nasuhi network 's widow 2nd-
Sude Zulal Güner one
Balim Gayebayrak Fatma Sultan
Ahmed and Kösem's secondborn daughter one-
Aslı Tandoğan Gevherhan Sultan
Ahmed and Kösem's thirdborn daughter 2nd-
Lance ages Naz one
ECE Çeşmioğl the makeup Sultan Ahmed and Kösem's fourthborn and last daughter,twin to Ibrahim 2nd-
Dilara Aksuyek Mahfiruz Sultan
Sultan Ahmad's consort, mother of Prince Osman
other Kökdemir Angelic to Sultan
Favourite consort of Sultan Osman and mother of Prince Omar
spring Cypress Ms. Wise
Legal wife of Osman II , mother of Zeynep Sultan and Şehzade Mustafa one
John Dakak Prince Mehmed Firstborn son of Ahmed I and Kösem Sultan one
Cihan Ünal Kuyucu Murad Pasha
One of the viziers of Ahmed I.Becomes Grand Vizier after the execution of Derviş Mehmed Pasha one
Tolga Tuncer Nasuhi network
One of Safi and the Köse's chief allegiants, Ayse Sultan's husband one
Ebru Celebrities Eyc Hatun Kösem Sultan's servant one-
action stars violet Babe Halima Sultan's servant, chief treasurer of the Harem one
Ahsan Eroglu Angelic Babe Kösem Sultan's servant, in love with Iskender one-
Dry Ayça Gulbahar Sultan Sultan Ahmad's consort, mother of Prince Bayezid feeling last one
Emre Ercil Reyhan network Chief eunuch of the harem
Yildirim Nurinis Dudu Babe Chief treasurer of the harem,served Handan Sultan one