This collection is the first book-length scholarly study of the pervasiveness and significance of Roxolana in the European imagination. Roxolana, or "Hurrem Sultan," was a sixteenth-century Ukrainian woman who made an unprecedented career from harem slave and concubine to legal wife and advisor of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566). Her influence on Ottoman affairs generated legends in many a European country. The essays gathered here represent an interdisciplinary survey of her legacy; the contributors view Roxolana as a transnational figure that reflected the shifting European attitudes towards "the Other," and they investigate her image in a wide variety of sources, ranging from early modern historical chronicles, dramas and travel writings, to twentieth-century historical novels and plays. Also included are six European source texts featuring Roxolana, here translated into modern English for the first time. Importantly, this collection examines Roxolana from both Western and Eastern European perspectives; source material is taken from England, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Poland, and Ukraine. The volume is an important contribution to the study of early modern transnationalism, cross-cultural exchange, and notions of identity, the Self, and the Other.

chapter |20 pages


ByGalina Yermolenko

part |2 pages

Part 1 Critical Essays

chapter 1|34 pages

Roxolana in Europe

ByGalina Yermolenko

chapter 3|18 pages

The Tragedy of Roxolana in theCourt of Charles II

ByJudy A. Hayden

chapter 4|20 pages

Roxolana in German Baroque and Enlightenment Dramas

ByBeate Allert

chapter 5|16 pages

How a Turkish Empress Became a Champion of Ukraine

ByOleksander Halenko

chapter 6|16 pages

Roxolana’s Memoirs as a Garden of Intertextual Delight

ByMaryna Romanets

chapter 7|24 pages

Roxolana in Turkish Literature: Re-Writing the Ever Elusive Woman of Power and Desire

ByÖzlem Öğüt Yazıcıoğlu

part |2 pages

Part 2 Translations