In the 16th century a Ruthenian/Ukrainian woman was taken captive and brought to Istanbul as a slave. Her joyful spirit earned her a name Hurrem – “the Cheerful One”. She rose to become Suleiman’s legal wife and “Queen of the Ottoman Empire” known in history as Hurrem Sultan or Roxelana

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John Steinbeck while in Ukraine also noted the cheerful spirit of Ukrainian women.

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