Travels of Lady Hester Stanhope: Volume 3

Travels of Lady Hester Stanhope: Volume 3 : 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 3 includes Lady Hester's failed attempt to find hidden treasure among the ruins of Ascalon, and details of her actions after a French traveller was killed in the desert and she ordered the punishment of the offenders.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 b/w illus.
  • 1139162691
  • 9781139162692

Table of contents

1. Preparations for a journey to Balbec; 2. Residence at Balbec; 3. Residence at Tripoli; 4. Journey from Tripoli to Abra; 5. Probability of the existence of hidden treasures in the East; 6. Journey of Lady Hester from Mar Elias to Ascalon; 7. History of Ascalon; 8. Visit of the author to the Maronite convent in the village of Joon; 9. M. Sur-r, English agent at Damietta; 10. Disappearance of Colonel Boutin, a French traveller; 11. Quarrel between a Dr-ze and a Metoualy; 12. Journey of the Princess of Wales to Jerusalem; 13. Departure of the author for Europe; 14. Departure from Cyprus, and voyage to Marseilles; Additional note.show more