Şehsuvar Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: شهسوار سلطان; c. 1682 – 27 April 1756; "courage of the Şah") was a consort to the Ottoman Sultan Mustafa II (r. 1695–1703) and Valide Sultan to their son Osman III (r. 1754–1757).
|Valide Sultan of the Ottoman Empire|
|Tenure||13 December 1754 – 27 April 1756|
|Born||c. 1682 Russia?|
|Died||27 April 1756 (aged 73–74)|
Topkapı Palace, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (modern-day Istanbul, Turkey)
|House||Ottoman (by marriage)|
Şahsuvar Sultan was born in 1682. She became a concubine of Sultan Mustafa. Şahsuvar and Mustafa had one son, Osman III, born on 2 January 1699, in the Edirne Palace. In 1702, Mustafa II gave her two bracelets with rubies and diamonds.
The Edirne event saw Mustafa dethroned, with his brother Ahmed III succeeding as the new Sultan (r. 1703–1730), and Şahsuvar was sent to the Old Palace, Istanbul. On the other hand, her son, Şehzade Osman was transferred to the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul together with the entire court.
Sultan Mahmud I, Mustafa's first son and the older half-brother of Osman, succeeded as Sultan following Patrona Halil's orchestrated riot. Mahmud was then succeeded by his half-brother Osman, thus Şahsuvar became the new Valide sultan.
Valide sultans were usually transported to Topkapı Palace by carriages. However, Şahsuvar was brought to the palace in a palanquin. The sultan, who had not seen his mother for many years, ordered his sword girding ceremony to be held a few days after the arrival of his mother to the palace.
Together with Mustafa, Şahsuvar had one son and a daughter:
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