nd those foreign gentlemen choosing Ukrainian women for marriage can always be sure in their faithfulness, devotedness and readiness to forgive – do not forget, Suleiman still possessed his harem!
Women from Ukraine are beautiful and intelligent; they are bright personalities, good professionals and can make a successful career. Women of Ukraine are also good housewives, and most of Ukrainian women for marriage are gifted cooks. But there are some other features which make marriage so desirable for men from many other countries.
According to the historical data Turkish sultans used to have no wives till the certain moment of Ottoman Empire history. This significant moment is connected with a slender red-haired Ukrainian girl, the daughter of Ukrainian priest Anastasia, in the world history known as Roksolana. According to the strict standards of Turkish beauty she was not even attractive – as we have mentioned above, Anastasia was slender, - but the Ottoman sovereign had changed the laws of empire for the sake of one of his concubine. In those times women of Ukraine became slaves and concubines of Turkish noble and common people because of absence of any protection. Any of the countries which Ukraine used to be the part of could not resist the plundering raids of former and existing in those times nomads. In this way Anastasia, future Roksolana, also became a prisoner. After a long time of travelling to Istanbul a servant of sultan bought the unusual slave for harem of his sovereign. Suleiman, the sultan, was attracted not by the beauty of his new concubine, - they have completely different standards, - but by her charm and unusual mind and education. In this moment Roksolana was absolutely different from the rest of harem inhabitants. Very soon the young Ukrainian woman became one of his favorites, and after a while – the only one. Even after several years of relationship Suleiman wrote letters and poems full of tenderness to his Ukrainian lover.
Of course, Roksolana had to fight for her love. And the best way to conquer in this war was to become the one who her beloved could trust completely. And Roksolana-Anastasia became the most devoted servant of her sovereign even in state and political business. Being a bright personality and a smart woman, the daughter of Ukrainian priest deserved deep respect from many noble people serving Suleiman. With their help she could influence the male world of Ottoman Empire in order to keep, strengthen and protect the power of her beloved in the periods of his military journeys. Being devoted, Roksolana had even changed her religion, and it was unbelievable step for a Christian girl of those times. But love was more important for her than anything else in the world.
Suleiman appreciated this devotedness and faithfulness, and after rather long period of relationship he married his beloved woman and a true friend Roksolana. It was the first precedent of sovereign’s marriage in the history of Ottoman Empire.
And those foreign gentlemen choosing Ukrainian women for marriage can always be sure in their faithfulness, devotedness and readiness to forgive – do not forget, Suleiman still possessed his harem!