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1774: Ottoman Sultan whose Mother and Wife were probably Catholic

1774: Ottoman Sultan whose Mother and Wife were probably Catholic
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Mustafa III was well educated and cultured. He even wrote poetry, and was engaged in astronomy.

On this day the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Mustafa III died. He was the 23rd monarch on the throne of the Ottoman Empire. Interestingly, his mother was born French and Catholic. Her Christian name was Janet (abbreviated from the French Jeanette), and after her conversion to Islam she was named Âminā Mihr-î-Shâh Sultan. She died while her son was only 15 years old, so she did not live to se him ascend to the throne. For this reason, she never became Valide sultan i.e. the main person in the harem, which is usually a title reserved for the queen mother of a ruling sultan.

Mustafa III was well educated and cultured. He even wrote poetry, and was engaged in astronomy. The Sultan’s main wife was called Mihrişah, and was born as a Christian. It is assumed that she was from the city of Genoa in Italy and was probably born as a Catholic and named Agnes.

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