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The Ottoman Empire was at the height of its power during
the sixteenth century when Cecilia Baffo Veniero was
kidnapped from her Venetian homeland and chosen to be the
wife of Selim II, successor to Sultan Suleiman the
Magnificent. She would be known as Nurbanu.
The Mapmaker’s Daughter vividly imagines the confession
of Nurbanu as she lies on her sickbed narrating the
spectacular story of her rise to the pinnacle of imperial
power, determined to understand how her extraordinary
destiny was shaped. With unflinching candor, Nurbanu
reviews the desires and motives that have both propelled
and harmed her, as she considers her role as a devoted
yet manipulative mother, helping to orchestrate her son’s
succession to the throne. Serving as the appointed
enforcer of one of the empire’s most crucial and shocking
laws, Nurbanu confronts the consequences of her loves and
her choices—right up to one last shattering revelation.
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