Gülbahar Hatun I
Albania or Kosovo
Constantinople, the Ottoman Empire
|Fatih Mosque, Istanbul|
|Known for||Valide Sultan|
|Spouse(s)||Fatih Sultan Mehmed|
|Parents||The daughter of Abdullah|
She was of Albanian origin. The Ottoman inscription (vakfiye) describes her as Hātun binti Abdullah (Daughter of Abdullah), which means that her father was possibly an Albanian convert to Islam. She was married to Mehmed II in 1446 at Manisa.
She was the mother of Sultan Bayezid II and Gevherhan Sultan. She was one of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II's wives.  When Bayezid II ascended the throne, Gülbahar hatun acquired the equivalent title of Valide Sultan (since Ayşe Hafsa Sultan being the First Valide Sultan as equivalent to the Queen Mother) for eleven years as the widow of Mehmed II.
She entered the Imperial Harem in or around 1446, exerted some influence and played an important part in the life of the Harem as the first wive of Fatih Sultan Mehmed and the mother of Sultan Bayezid II in the history of the Ottoman Dynasty.
In popular culture
- Peirce, Leslie P., The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire, Oxford University Press, 1993, ISBN 0-19-508677-5 (paperback).
- Yavuz Bahadıroğlu, Resimli Osmanlı Tarihi, Nesil Yayınları (Ottoman History with Illustrations, Nesil Publications), 15th Ed., 2009, ISBN 978-975-269-299-2 (Hardcover).
- Edmonds, Anna. Turkey's religious sites. Damko. p. 1997. ISBN 975-8227-00-9.
- Babinger, Franz (1992). Mehmed the Conqueror and His Time. Princeton University Press. p. 51. ISBN 0-691-01078-1.
- "Sultan II. Bayezid Han". Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
- Yavuz Bahadıroğlu, Resimli Osmanlı Tarihi, Nesil Yayınları (Ottoman History with Illustrations, Nesil Publications), 15th Ed., 2009, page 129, ISBN 978-975-269-299-2 (www.nesilyayinlari.com)
Ayşe Hafsa Sultan
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