Aram Bakshian Jr.: ‘Empress of the East’ book review

EMPRESS OF THE EAST: HOW A EUROPEAN SLAVE GIRL BECAME QUEEN OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE By Leslie Peirce Basic Books, $32, 359 pages In the early 16th century, long before the advent of newspapers, one of the few sources for breaking news was the confidential correspondence carried on by sophisticated Italian diplomats and financiers. Thus, in…