The Turkish Embassy Letters

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, introduced by Anita Desai, text edited and annotated by Malcolm Jack

“Lady Wortley MOntagu (1689-1762), was described by a contemporary, as ‘one of the most extraordinary shining characters in the world …’. Her newly edited letters tell of her travels through Europe to Turkey in 1716, where her husband had been appointed Ambassador. Her liveliness makes the Letters wonderfully readable, and her singular intelligence provides us with insights that were exceptional for their time: the paradoxical freemdoms 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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