Handan Sultan

1574 - 1605

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Handan Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: خندان سلطان meaning "smiling" in Persian; died 9 November 1605) was the consort of Sultan Mehmed III, and Valide Sultan to their son Sultan Ahmed I. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Handan Sultan has received more than 482,705 page views. Her biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Handan Sultan is the 968th most popular politician (down from 881st in 2019), the 86th most popular biography from Greece (down from 78th in 2019) and the 30th most popular Greek Politician.

Handan Sultan is most famous for being the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent. She was a powerful and influential woman in her own right, and she acted as regent for her son Selim II during his minority.

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Among politicians, Handan Sultan ranks 968 out of 15,710Before her are Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress, Ptolemy IV Philopator, George II of Greece, Critias, Wanli Emperor, and Christian I of Denmark. After her are Peter III of Aragon, Shoshenq I, Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, Louis IV of France, Thutmose IV, and Jacques Necker.

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Among people born in 1574, Handan Sultan ranks 2Before her is Pope Innocent X. After her are Anne of Denmark, William Oughtred, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Maria Christina, Princess of Transylvania, Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, Robert Fludd, Wilhelm Kettler, Feng Menglong, Elisabeth of Lorraine, and John Wilbye. Among people deceased in 1605, Handan Sultan ranks 5Before her are Akbar, Pope Clement VIII, Pope Leo XI, and Boris Godunov. After her are Feodor II of Russia, Jean Nicot, John Davis, Theodore Beza, Ulisse Aldrovandi, Naresuan, and Johann II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar.

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Among people born in Greece, Handan Sultan ranks 86 out of 855Before her are Nâzım Hikmet (1902), Lysimachus (-361), Galla Placidia (388), Simonides of Ceos (-556), George II of Greece (1890), and Critias (-460). After her are Cimon (-510), Philip III of Macedon (-359), Agrippina the Elder (-14), Archilochus (-680), Nestor (null), and Aristides (-550).


Among politicians born in Greece, Handan Sultan ranks 30Before her are Antigonus I Monophthalmus (-382), Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (1882), Lysimachus (-361), Galla Placidia (388), George II of Greece (1890), and Critias (-460). After her are Philip III of Macedon (-359), Agrippina the Elder (-14), Nestor (null), Aristides (-550), Ptolemy III Euergetes (-284), and Polycrates (-600).