Travels of Lady Hester Stanhope: Volume 2

Travels of Lady Hester Stanhope: Volume 2 : Forming the Completion of her Memoirs

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The adventurous and unconventional Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839) set off to travel to the East in the early nineteenth century. She had been hostess to her uncle, British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, and after his death she received a government pension and decided to leave England. Her personal physician Charles Meryon (1783-1877) wrote this three-volume memoir of their travels, first published in 1846. She had a reputation as an eccentric, but thought of herself as the 'Queen of the desert' and indeed achieved considerable influence in the places she travelled to. Eventually she settled in the Lebanon, where she lived out the remainder of her life. Volume 2 begins in Damascus, and includes Lady Hester's dangerous trip to Palmyra, where she had been advised it would be impossible for a woman to go. It also includes accounts of plague in Syria, and of Bedouin more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 b/w illus.
  • 1139162683
  • 9781139162685

Table of contents

1. Damascus; 2. Lady Hester's intended journey to Palmyra; 3. Precautions against riots; 4. The author enters the desert; 5. Reflections on the ruins of Palmyra; 6. Hamah; 7. Departure from Palmyra; 8. Departure from Hamah; 9. Residence at Latakia; 10. Mode of life of Lady Hester Stanhope; 11. Plague at more