While the queen seemed to have enjoyed the luxury of her own palace and estate, the remaining royal wives and concubines, their little children, healers, nannies and attendants, lived. together in fixed women’s palaces or harem. The word ‘harem’ today is an unfortunate word; a word immediately evoked images of spoiled, revealing oriental beauties who were resting on silk cushions while waiting for their lord and master to take care of them. All our ideas about the Egyptian harem are often based on fantasies from what we know of harem in other Eastern monarchies, especially the harem of Grand Seraglio, the court of the the Ottoman emperor in Istanbul, a harem that has been active since the Middle Ages. Personalized Name May Girl Know More Than She Says 3D Hoodie and shirts. It dates back to World War I, when the Islamic Kingdom was deposed to form the modern republic of Turkey. The secret world of the Turkish harem remained an unexplored mystery for centuries, and rumors instead of facts about life at Grand Seraglio nurtured the Europeans’ conception of it all. harem. This, combined with a belief deeply rooted in the innate decadence of ancient Egypt and its coveted abandoned women, has been embodied in many forms of Western culture. From Mozart to Mailer, a combination of exotic locations, hot sun and women detained for sexual enjoyment has been used to entertain and attract supposedly connoisseurs.