The following is an excerpt from the latest installment of my “A Boy. A Beard. A Blurb.” column on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:
Expectations for Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire for 46 epic years, were crushingly high from the start. Born a “child of destiny,” his success had been foretold by the stars. Not wanting to screw anything up, Suleiman’s family expertly groomed him (not a shaving joke) for the whole ruler thing from the onset. He attended the finest insitutions and would go on to speak five languages.