Sultan Suleiman and Hurrem : A legendary love story

Sultan Suleiman and Hurrem : A legendary love story

The Ottoman Empire has a glorious history, as it has lasted for over 600 years. Established in 1299, by Osman I, son of Ertugrul Ghazi, the empire has remained undefeated for many years and it kept on growing bigger and bigger every century. Over the period, the Ottoman Empire has claimed its territory in three different continents: Asia, Africa and Europe.

Ruled by 36 different Sultans, the Ottoman Empire has a glorious and magnificent history, and in the present world, it is the basic foundation of modern day Turkey. If you visit Istanbul, the Topkapi Palace, where the Sultans used to live, still stands tall. Besides that, we can see various mosques and minarets built by different Sultans and Sultanas.

Like this, there was a Sultan called Sultan Suleiman, who is popularly known as Suleiman the Magnificent. Born in 1494, he is the only surviving son of Sultan Selim I and Hafsa Sultan. He is also the longest reigning Sultan in the Ottoman Empire and ruled for 45 years, until he died in 1566. He was succeeded by his son Selim II.

Sultan Suleiman and Hurrem

Sultan Suleiman is also known for composing beautiful poems as he was a very big enthusiast in art and literature. His wisdom has been a basic guideline for different Sultans of the future generation. Aside from the magnificent rule of Sultan Suleiman, he is also known to have done something that was never done in the empire before that.

During a slave raid in Crimea, the Tatars captured Rolexana, a beautiful and young girl from Ruthenia, which was a part of present day Poland. Rolexana was brought to Istanbul as a concubine for the Sultan and was kept in the harem along with other slave girls. Living in the palace, Rolexana learned that it is important to stay in power and to stay in power, she needed to get closer to the Sultan.

Sultan Suleiman and Hurrem

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Like this, Rolexana succeeded in winning the heart of Sultan Suleiman, and he fell in love with her. Rolexana was later renamed as Hurrem, which means ‘the cheerful one’, and hence was known as Haseki Hurrem Sultan. Before Hurrem, Suleiman was in love with his chief consort Mahidevran Sultan, who is also the mother of Suleiman’s first born son, Sehzade Mustafa. After the arrival of Hurrem, Sultan grew more distant with Mahidevran, and she was soon shifted to the Old Palace in Manisa.

Suleiman and Hurrem legally got married around 1533 or 1534, which surprised everybody as no Sultan before has ever legally got married to anybody. At that time, even the Sultan’s mother, Valide Hafsa Sultan, was not in favor of the marriage. He allowed Hurrem Sultan to remain with him at court for the rest of her life. This was another tradition that he broke as when princes reach a certain age, they are sent to govern remote provinces of the empire along with their mother, and they are not allowed to return back until the throne is needed to be succeeded.

Hurrem Sultan is also one of the most prominent female figures in Ottoman History and hence is also the one to start the Sultanate of Women, where women gained so much power and changed the fate of the empire. The Sultanate of Women lasted for over 120 years and consisted of powerful women like Nurbanu Sultan, Safiye Sultan, Kosem Sultan, Halima Sultan, etc, and the last woman in this era was Turhan Sultan.

Literally the whole Ottoman Empire knew the love between Suleiman and Hurrem, and they were widely appreciated for their commitment towards each other. As Suleiman also composed poems for his loved one, he even wrote a poem for Hurrem, which is now a classic Ottoman piece. Their love story was legendary.

The following poem was composed by Sultan Suleiman for Hurrem Sultan under his pen name Muhibbi:

“Throne of my lonely niche, my wealth, my love, my moonlight,

My most sincere friend, my confidant, my very existence, my Sultana, my one and only love.

The most beautiful among the beautiful.

My springtime, my merry faced love, my daytime, my sweetheart, laughing leaf,

My plant, my sweet, my rose, the one only who does not distress me in this world.

My Istanbul, my Caraman, the Earth of my Anatolia,

My Badakhstan, my Baghdad and Khorasan.

My woman of the beautiful hair, my love of the slanted brow, my love of eyes full of mischief.

I’ll sing your praises always.

I, lover of the tormented heart, Muhibbi of the eyes full of tears, I am happy.”

This beautiful poem is still one of the most important pieces of art in the Ottoman book, and is well preserved. It was originally written in the native language, and is now translated to English.

If you wanna learn more about the legendary love story of Suleiman and Hurrem, watch the Turkish series called The Magnificent Century (original name is Muhtesem Yuzyil). The show has four seasons and 139 episodes. It stars Halit Ergenc as Sultan Suleiman and Meryem Uzerli and Vahide Percin as Hurrem Sultan. The series is a fictional depiction of the era when Suleiman first sat on the throne, and the life of Hurrem Sultan from the time she was captured from Crimea to be brought to Istanbul.

What do you think about the love between Sultan Suleiman and his wife Hurrem Sultan? Did you like the poem written by him? Do let us know.


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  1. Caroline

    Love the love ❤

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