The Turkish Embassy Letters

Montagu, Mary Wortley

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Letters written from 1716-1718 from the Ottoman Empire by Mary Wortley Montagu, one of the first modern travel writers. A revelation in their day.

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Publish Date: 15/07/2021

Description

Mary Montagu was ‘one of the most extraordinary characters in the world.’ She was a self-educated intellectual, a free spirit, a radical, a feminist but also an entitled aristocrat and a society wit with powerful friends at court. In 1716 she travelled across Europe to take up residence in Istanbul as the wife of the British ambassador. Her letters remain as fresh as the day they were penned: enchanted by her discoveries of the life of Turkish women behind the veil, by Arabic poetry and by contemporary medical practices – including inoculation. For two years she lovingly observed Ottoman society as a participant, with affection, intelligence and an astonishing lack of prejudice.

Additional information

Weight 340 g
Dimensions 216 × 140 × 20 mm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

208

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

941.072092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K