Sultana. Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark. NY: Harper & Row, 1984. First edition, 448 pages. Photo of author on the back cover. Hardcover with edge worn dustjacket in a protective clear Mylar cover. Slight lean. Contents near fine. Jacket unclipped. 1 copy only.
Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark (1939-) is a biographer and an historian, and is the first cousin of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Favorite (also titled Intimate Power) is a 1989 Swiss-American drama film based on the unsubstantiated story of Aimée du Buc de Rivéry that takes place at the dawn of the 19th century. The source for the film was this novel by Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark titled Sultana - La Nuit du Serail. A young French woman named Aimee is kidnapped and forced into a sultan's harem in Turkey. She resists, but must make choices in order to survive. She begins to influence the sultan toward more fair manners of solving his conflicts, but finds herself at odds with another of his wives, who wants her son Mustafa to become the new sultan. As the years pass, she must deal with the new sultan's advances while protecting her adopted son Mahmud, and helping the Ottoman Empire against the Russians, who were better equipped with weapons.