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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Courtyard of the Valide Sultan...

The Valide Sultan - Mother of the Sultan - ruled the Harem:

She could own property in her own name and controlled it through the Eunuchs:

She was able to give orders directly to the Grand Vizier and influenced the Sultan on wife and concubine selection, as well as matters of state:

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