The Turkish Embassy Letters
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The critical and biographical introduction tells of Lady Wortley Montagu's travels through Europe to Turkey in 1716, where her husband had been appointed Ambassador. Her lively letters offer insights into the paradoxical freedoms conferred on Muslim women by the veil, the value of experimental work by Turkish doctors on inoculation, and the beauty of Arab poetry and culture. The ability to study another culture according to its own values and to see herself through the eyes of others makes Lady Mary one of the most fascinating of early travel writers and commentators

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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 122 x 196 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1853816795
  • 9781853816796
  • 77,114

Review quote

Her letters have an immediacy and vivacity that remains as fresh as the mosiacs on the ancient monuments she saw and the eastern gardens that gave her such delight. Anita Desai

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About Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's connections with poets such as Pope, Congreve and Addison and with Whig politicians through her father and husband provide a fascinating base for the correspondence.

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