Roxelana & Suleyman

By P.J. Parker

Historical fiction, Romance | Paperback, eBook


Roxelana was the most seductive, powerful, egotistical, intriguing, manipulative and enigmatic woman of the early sixteenth century. History had never known anyone of such beauty and cunning. Yet very few know her story... Europe is in turmoil under the oppressive rule of the Hapsburgs and the incessant raids of marauding Tartar Warriors. Istanbul, the eye of the Ottoman Sultanate and considered to be the center of the Universe, is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the world. It is intoxicating and vibrant. But it is also a metropolis of mis-placed trust, of decadence, run by a sexually-charged, drug-riddled beaurocracy. In the middle of this city, high on an imposing promontory is the fabled Topkapi Palace - the Seraglio of Sultan Suleyman Khan - the Shadow of God on Earth. Within its multitude of gazel-filled courtyards, along its secluded arcades and twisting down through its labyrinth of corridors to the solidly locked doors of the Sultan's Harem are secrets and whispers that promise death by strangulation to some, and absolute power to others. It is in this world that a simple peasant girl, abducted by Tartars and sold into slavery, captured the heart of the greatest Ottoman Sultan and rose to control the largest armies on Earth from within the gilded cage of Topkapi Harem. But does she know that there are those who would see her dead? And yet another whose undying love, if revealed, would lead to the destruction of all her well laid plans? The story of Roxelana has remained hidden for centuries and needs to be told. It is about someone we should all be acquainted with intimately.


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Roxelana was the most seductive, powerful, egotistical, intriguing, manipulative and enigmatic woman of the early sixteenth century. History had never known anyone of such beauty and cunning. Yet very few know her story... Europe is in turmoil under the oppressive rule of the Hapsburgs and the incessant raids of marauding Tartar Warriors. Istanbul, the eye of the Ottoman Sultanate and considered to be the center of the Universe, is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the world. It is intoxicating and vibrant. But it is also a metropolis of mis-placed trust, of decadence, run by a sexually-charged, drug-riddled beaurocracy. In the middle of this city, high on an imposing promontory is the fabled Topkapi Palace - the Seraglio of Sultan Suleyman Khan - the Shadow of God on Earth. Within...


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P.J. Parker was born and raised in rural Australia. With a Bachelor of Science Architecture Degree from the University of New South Wales he has travelled and lived extensively around the world—intrigued by cultures of historic interest and buildings of architectural significance. An avid reader and researcher, P.J.’s writing is undertaken with a passionate and exacting degree of attention to detail. Roxelana and Suleyman was P.J.’s debut novel and was quickly followed up by the internationally-acclaimed Fire on the Water: A Companion to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In 2015 the publishing rights to Roxelana and Suleyman reverted to P.J. offering the opportunity for the work to be revised and re-published as the author had originally envisioned. P.J. currently lives and writes in the greater New York City area.


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P.J. Parker was born and raised in rural Australia. With a Bachelor of Science Architecture Degree from the University of New South Wales he has travelled and lived extensively around the world—intrigued by cultures of historic interest and buildings of architectural significance. An avid reader and researcher, P.J.’s writing is undertaken with a passionate and exacting degree of attention to deta...


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