Wednesday, 17 August 2016

TimeWatch Agents - Sayyida al Hurra

Governor of the Tetouan, pirate queen, and ally of the Turkish corsair Oruc Reis ("Barbarossa" to the Europeans), Sayyida was born to a prominent Muslim family and controlled the western Mediterranean. After the death of her husband (ruler of Tetouan) she ruled Tetouan herself, and continued to do so even though she later married the King of Morocco. The Spanish and Portuguese noted her diplomatic skill even though her pirate fleet preyed upon their shipping. After an adventurous life, she was stripped of her power and property by her son-in-law in 1542, and her subsequent fate is unknown (at least to those outside of TimeWatch).

Sayyida al Hurra, on Wikipedia
Tetouan on Wikipedia
Oruc Reis on Wikipedia

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