Roxelana had apparently gained her freedom at some point before becoming
Suleyman’s spouse. Then, following her marriage to the sultan, she gradually
took up residence in the New Palace, the first royal woman ever to do so.
Manumission, marriage, the opening of harem quarters in the previously all-male
palace—each development was a radical move, each shattered Ottoman
precedent. A whole new position was coming into being in the Ottoman empire
that can only be called the office of queen. - Leslie P. Peirce Empress of the East