Hanzade Sultan (daughter of Ahmed I)

Hanzade Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: خانزادہ سلطان; c. 1608 - 23 September 1650) was an Ottoman princess, the daughter of Sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603–1617) and Kösem Sultan. She was a sister of Osman II (r. 1618–1622), Murad IV (r. 1623–1640) and Ibrahim (r. 1640–1648), and the paternal aunt of Mehmed IV (r. 1648–1687).

Hanzade Sultan
Bornc. 1608 [1]
Topkapı Palace, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (present day Istanbul, Turkey)
Died23 September 1650(1650-09-23) (aged 41–42)
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
FatherAhmed I
MotherKösem Sultan
ReligionSunni Islam


Hanzade Sultan was born in 1608. She was the daughter of Sultan Ahmed I. Her mother was either Kösem Sultan.[2] After her father's death in 1617, she settled in the Old Palace.

Hanzade married Bayram Pasha,[3] who was then the agha of the Janissaries in 1623[4][5] in the Old Palace.[6] Esin Akalin, notes that her elaborate bridal procession was escorted among the cheering crowds in the streets of Istanbul by the vezirs of the Sultan.[7] After Bayram's death in 1638, she married vezir Nakkaş Mustafa Pasha[1] in October 1639 in the Bayram Pasha Palace.[8]

During the reign of her brother Ibrahim, her stipend consisted of 400 aspers per day.[9] Late in his reign, she fell, for reasons unknown, in disgrace and was submitted, alongside her sisters Ayşe and Fatma and niece Kaya Sultan, to the indignity of subordination of his concubines. He took away their lands and wealth, and made them serve his newest favourite, Hümaşah, by standing at attention like servants while she ate and by fetching and holding the soap, basin and the pitcher of water with which she washed her hands.[10] Because of what he believed was failure to serve her properly, the Sultan then banished them to Edirne Palace.[11]


Hanzade Sultan died on 23 September 1650, and was buried in the mausoleum of her brother Sultan Ibrahim in Haghia Sophia.[4][1]

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  1. ^ a b c Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 322.
  2. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 105, 365.
  3. ^ Tezcan, Baki (November 2001). Searching for Osman: A reassessment of the deposition of the Ottoman Sultan Osman II (1618-1622). pp. 334 n. 58.
  4. ^ a b Uluçay 2011, p. 84.
  5. ^ Dumas 2013, p. 563.
  6. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 123.
  7. ^ Akalin, Esin (11 October 2016). Staging the Ottoman Turk: British Drama, 1656 1792. Columbia University Press. pp. 166–7. ISBN 978-3-838-26919-1.
  8. ^ Dumas 2013, p. 574.
  9. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 128.
  10. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 246.
  11. ^ Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 235.


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